VSU Beta Alpha Psi Students Offer Income Tax Help

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February 24, 2022
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Jessica Pope
Communications and Media Relations Coordinator

The Valdosta State University chapter of Beta Alpha Psi recently kicked off its fourth year with the Internal Revenue Service’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Fifteen students, all trained in tax law by the IRS, volunteered to help various underserved populations, especially low-to-moderate income earners, by providing free federal tax preparation and e-filing.

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VALDOSTA – The Valdosta State University chapter of Beta Alpha Psi recently kicked off its fourth year with the Internal Revenue Service’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

The IRS VITA program helps various underserved populations, especially low-to-moderate income earners, by providing free federal tax preparation and electronic filing.

William Leader, president of Beta Alpha Psi, said 15 VSU students — a mix of accounting and finance majors — volunteered their time to work with the IRS VITA program this year. All have successfully completed tax law training that meets or exceeds IRS standards, including maintaining the confidentiality and confidentiality of all taxpayer information.

Students are available to meet with area ratepayers from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday and 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Friday in the first floor lobby of the Health Sciences and Administration Building of VSU business located at the intersection of Patterson Street and Pendleton Drive facing south. Georgia Medical Center. Area residents wishing to use this service must have all their tax documents with them when they arrive on campus.

Appointments are not necessary.

All tax returns are quality checked before filing, and they are not filed until the taxpayer has given final approval.

VSU student volunteers are supervised by Dr. Raymond Elson, CPA, Professor of Accounting and Acting Associate Dean of the Harley Langdale Jr. College of Business Administration, and Dr. Candace Witherspoon, Certified Fraud Examiner, Professor Accounting Associate, and Acting Head of the Accounting Department.

During the 2021 tax filing season, VSU student volunteers filed 113 tax returns through the IRS VITA program, representing an estimated economic impact of $210,000.

Leader said Beta Alpha Psi is proud of its tradition of being a trusted and reliable source of tax preparation services for the community.

“It’s great to be able to have such a big impact on the community with our small but mighty chapter,” he added.

Beta Alpha Psi: The International Honor Organization for Financial Reporting Students and Professionals encourages the study and practice of accounting, finance, business analytics, or digital technology; provides opportunities for service, professional development and interaction between members and finance professionals; and promotes ethical, social and public responsibilities throughout life.

VSU’s accounting department recently earned extensive specialty accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), placing it in the top two percent of college accounting programs in the world.

VSU’s College of Business Administration also earned extended AACSB accreditation for its Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Business Administration programs, maintaining its position among the top five percent of business schools in the world.

AACSB accreditation helps ensure that students learn the material most relevant to their particular field of study, preparing them to be effective leaders and lifelong learners capable of meeting the needs of a global society. evolving after graduation.

Please contact Dr. Raymond Elson at [email protected] or Dr. Candace Witherspoon at [email protected] for more information.

On the Web:
https://www.valdosta.edu/colleges/business/accounting/
https://www.valdosta.edu/colleges/business/economics-finance-healthcare-administration/
https://www.bap.org/
https://www.irs.gov/individuals/irs-vita-grant-program

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