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 in person this year.

Step 1:
Once you receive all of your tax information (W-2s, etc.), visit us in the College of Business Room 106. We are open on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. beginning Saturday, February 5 – Saturday April 9. We will be closed on Saturday, March 26 for Spring Break.
Step 2:
Be sure to bring all of your tax documents, e.g., W-2s, etc., along with your passport number, driver's license information and bank account information (if you want direct deposit).
Step 3:
Sign in once you get to Room 106. We will provide tax services on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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 here to watch a video on how to prepare and file Form 8843.

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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