Volunteer Income Tax Assistance run by University of Denver students
For almost 30 years, students in the Accountancy program at the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business have provided free, confidential and secure preparation and filing of federal and state income taxes for qualifying taxpayers through the student-run Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.
Nearly 100 VITA volunteers—including both DU undergraduate and graduate students, and accounting professionals from the Denver business community—provide professional tax help to low-income individuals in Denver. The service is open to people earning less than $54,000 per year and is free to all clients.
Camille Franczak is the student director of VITA.
“I meet face to face with these community members and know how grateful they are for our service,” she says. “I love volunteering and VITA is a perfect way to use my accounting skills and knowledge to give back to the community. We are the only
site in Colorado to serve international students and I am proud to be able to teach our volunteers about nonresident returns while helping these students understand and navigate their taxes.”
Community members sign up for sessions, which are offered on alternating Fridays and Saturdays through April 10. The students are part of the Alpha Zeta chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, the international honor organization for students in financial industries. The clients are roughly 50% domestic residents, and 50% foreign residents who file a nonresident return.