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School of Accountancy Offers Free Tax Assistance to the Public

Old Dominion University's Managerial Accounting and Auditing Club is offering free tax assistance to the public until April 12.

Help will be provided from 1 to 6 p.m. on Fridays in Room 1041 of Constant Hall. Pay parking is located across the street in the 49th Street garage or the visitors parking lot.

The services are part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. VITA is the Internal Revenue Service's community-focused volunteer initiative serving low to moderate-income taxpayers.

According to Doug Ziegenfuss, professor in Department of Accounting, and senior lecturer Robert Cromich, "VITA is a great way for ODU students to give back to the local community while having an opportunity to gain some valuable experience preparing simple tax returns."

The University's Managerial Accounting and Auditing Club includes the student chapters of five professional accounting organizations. The club, which is open to any interested accounting student, offers professional programs under the sponsorship of the Institute of Management Accountants, the Institute of Internal Auditors, the Association of Government Accountants, the National Association of Black Accountants and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

Taxpayers should visit this IRS website to determine if they qualify and what to bring: https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p3676bsp.pdf

Generally to be eligible for the program, taxpayers must earn less than $55,000. For additional information, visit: https://www.irs.gov/individuals/free-tax-return-preparation-for-you-by-volunteers

Volunteers who are local accountants or students are needed. All volunteers must complete online IRS training courses to become certified. Accounting majors are preferred. For more information, contact Cromich at rcromich@odu.edu.

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