Each year, accounting students work on behalf of the IRS to serve the Lane County community in helping prepare tax returns as part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.
Student members of UO’s Beta Alpha Psi accounting honor society are specially trained in tax preparation and offer their services free of charge. The VITA team processes many types of returns, but is particularly well-versed in the tax needs of students. Students, faculty members, staff, and community members are invited to drop off their paperwork at the UO’s Lillis Business Complex and come back to a prepared return ready to review and sign.
VITA began nearly two decades ago when Beta Alpha Psi was approached by an IRS representative looking to launch e-file and free tax preparation on college campuses with a student experience-based initiative.