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Free tax assistance for ONLY those who need to file a 1040 NR (nonresident alien) tax return.

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. We also provide help completing Form 8843 for those persons who are not required to file a complete tax return.

The program is free to all members of the public who file a 1040NR. Persons who do not satisfy all eligibility requirements cannot be helped through this program. The school strongly encourages full-time students from all colleges and universities in the area to participate.

How it works

A team of IRS-certified volunteers prepare 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.

What to bring

Please bring the following items to the VITA site to have your tax returns prepared:

  • Proof of identification (Picture ID)
  • Social Security Cards for you
  • Passport number
  • Days in the United States this year
  • Date first entered the United States
  • Wage and earning statement(s) Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, from all employers
  • Any other tax documents needed to accurately complete your return
  • A copy of last year's Federal and State returns if available
  • Bank Routing Numbers and Account Numbers for Direct Deposit
  • Form 1042-S if tax was withheld

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 with an international emphasis in the USA. 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.