Free tax assistance
VITA seeks student volunteers
Published: Monday, November 7, 2005
Updated: Sunday, February 15, 2009 02:02
Even though Baruch has over 100 clubs and organizations to join, many times underclassmen still find it difficult to get involved. In its 14th year, V.I.T.A, a volunteer program open to all Baruch students, provides a foothold into two Honor Societies that are always looking for new leaders, and a way to help their members and communities.
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) at Baruch College offers free tax assistance to New York residents who cannot afford to pay for professional tax services. VITA is a nationwide IRS program that is co-sponsored by Golden Key International Honors Society and Beta Alpha Psi National Honor Society. Each year, 200 to 400 Baruch students donate their time to help those who need it most. VITA is currently recruiting volunteers for the upcoming tax season.
VITA accepts student volunteers of all backgrounds, no matter their major, GPA, or class status. Because they provide all the training, experience is not necessary. By participating in VITA, students learn about taxes, sharpen their communication skills and of course, help those in need. Giving back to Baruch by volunteering your time is a great way to say "thank you." In fact, one of VITA's most trusted site managers has over six years of experience as a VITA Volunteer, having graduated four years ago.
Especially in high demand are students with foreign language skills. Last year, VITA took advantage of the diversity of the student body at Baruch by staffing Korean, Chinese, Spanish, Russian and Polish neighborhood sites. This year, they hope to grow their network of partner sites and need the help of students to bring the program to more communities than ever before.
Student volunteers will be trained in basic income tax preparation on their choice of either a Saturday or a Sunday in January and then volunteer a minimum of two hours a week from mid-February through April 15. Leadership positions are available, and the interviews will start as early as December. All interested students are encouraged to apply as early as possible, as training space is limited.
This year the program is implementing numerous changes, all of which are addressed in detail at our website www.baruchvita.4t.com. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the coordinators at BaruchVITA@yahoo.com