VOLUNTEER INCOME-TAX ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Free tax assistance for ONLY international students.

The George W. Daverio School of Accountancy is offering a Volunteer Income-Tax Assistance Program (VITA) Program for members of the greater Akron community who would are in the United States on an F-1 or J-1 visa with employment who are required to file a nonresident tax return.

The program is free to all international students. Persons who do not satisfy all eligibility requirements cannot be helped through this program. The school strongly encourages international students from all colleges and universities in the area to participate.

How it works

We will prepare returns virtually this year.

Step 1: Click on this link to complete the Intake Sheet for Form 1040NR. https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f13614nr.pdf. If you have been present in the U.S. prior to 2016, then you will click on this link to complete the Intake Sheet for Resident Aliens. https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f13614c.pdf.

Step 2. You must consent to allow us to prepare your tax return. Please go to https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f14446.pdf and complete page 3 ONLY.

Step 3: Upload your completed Intake Sheet, your consent, a copy of your W-2, your checking account routing and account number if you want direct deposit, and any other documents that you think we will need to complete your tax return. Step 4. Send all of the information in ONE email to vitatax@uakron.edu. Note that this is a secure, password-protected email account and will only be accessed by the VITA coordinator.

Step 5. On Saturdays, February 13, 2021 - April 10, IRS-certified volunteers will prepare the tax returns. The volunteer may call you if he/she has any questions while preparing the return, so be sure to have access to your phone. After the volunteer has prepared your return, the professor will review the return for accuracy. When the return is complete, the volunteer will call you (so again, make sure you have access to your phone), to go over the tax return with you.

Step 6: After the volunteer goes over your tax return with you, you will need to give us permission to efile your tax return. You must complete Form 8879 and email it to the same secure email listed above: vitatax@uakron.edu. You can access Form 8879 by going here: https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f8879.pdf.

Step 7. We will e-file your federal tax return. As of the time of this writing, neither the state of Ohio nor the Ohio cities accept efiled tax returns. We will send you instructions on how to mail those. We will email you copies of all of your tax returns for you to keep for your records.

Step 8: After your federal return has been accepted by the IRS (usually the Monday after we prepare your return), we will all of the information you emailed to us to use in preparing your tax return.

Don’t Need to File a Tax Return?

International students who were in the U.S. at any time during the year must complete Form 8843. Click on this link to access the form. https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f8843.pdf. We will post a video on this site to help you complete this form.

Your Rights are Protected

1. To learn more about your civil rights, use this link: https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p4053esp.pdf

2. To see more information about the VITA program, use this link: https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p4836.pdf

Other Information

A team of IRS-certified volunteers prepares the tax returns and a program coordinator reviews each tax return.

The program coordinators are Melanie McCoskey, Ph.D., CPA. Additionally, the Faculty Advisory Council, comprising Julianne Jones JD/MTax, CPA, and Doron Narotzki JD, LLM, SJD, provide feedback and advice for the effective operation of the VITA program.

Volunteers include MS Accounting, MTax, and BS Accounting students in the George W. Daverio School of Accountancy.

About the School of Accountancy

The George W. Daverio School of Accountancy offers AACSB Accredited programs with a long and outstanding history of preparing students to become competent and responsible accounting professionals and business leaders. AACSB is the gold standard for Business and Accounting Accreditation. We offer BS Accounting, MS Accounting and Master of Taxation degrees.

Our graduates are highly recruited by all the major corporations and CPA firms in Ohio. Our renowned Master of Taxation (MTax) program is the only such program offered by an AACSB accredited accounting program in the State of Ohio. We offer the only online Master of Taxation degree in Ohio The Daverio School also teams up with the University of Akron Law School to offer Joint JD/MTax and Joint JD/MSA (Financial Forensics) degrees.

Contact Us

259 South Broadway Street, Akron, OH, 44325-4802

Phone: 330-972-7586
Fax: 330-972-8597
Email: vitatax@uakron.edu

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