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Law Student Volunteers Assist Community with Tax Prep

It’s tax time and once again Regent University School of Law’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) is up and running.

Each spring semester Regent’s law students volunteer their time, two to three hours per week for about eight weeks, to help prepare taxes for individuals in the Hampton Roads community.

“We often have repeat clients from previous years including a mother and daughter who come every year, a number of older couples, as well as whole families,” says VITA site coordinator and student Kelley Goldberger. “I've had clients tear up when they see the refund they will be getting. They greatly appreciate our service and trust our work.”

VITA prepares an average of one-hundred returns each year, but that number varies based on our volunteer participation. Goldberger says VITA will staff about twenty volunteers this year, almost double the number from last year. The volunteer certification process is rigorous and time-consuming. Over Christmas break volunteers take several certification exams to prepare for the program.

To receive VITA tax preparation assistance, all individuals earning annual incomes $49,000 or less are invited to stop by Robertson Hall on the campus of Regent University to have their Federal and State of Virginia Tax Returns prepared for free.

The office is open Monday 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. (RH 116), Wednesday 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. (RH 112), and Thursday 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (RH 114).

The last week of operations for the season will be April 1, 2013. To make an appointment or for questions, e-mail VITA@regent.edu. Walk-ins are welcome at any time.

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