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Accounting Students Offering Tax Assistance

Published date: January 31, 2020

Virginia State University Accounting majors are working in cooperation with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to provide income tax preparation and filing assistance for 2019 tax returns to individual or joint filers in the Tri-Cities area with income below $58,000.

This is the 33rd year VSU accounting majors have provided this service, which is coordinated by Mr. Lester Reynolds, Assistant Professor of accounting at VSU and a former IRS employee; and Dr. Hari Sharma, Chairman of the Accounting and Finance Department in the Reginald F. Lewis College of Business. The students’ participation is among the requirements of the federal income tax course.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site has been established in 333 Singleton Hall, on the campus of Virginia State University and is being staffed two (2) days a week, beginning on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 from 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. through April 11, 2020. The service will closed during VSU Spring Break, March 1-8, 2020.

Those desiring help in preparing and filing their tax returns should bring with them all essential records – W2 forms, SSA – 1099, if appropriate, etc. Free Electronic filing will be for individuals who are required to use IRS forms 1040A or 1040EZ only. IRS E-File for individuals is the easy alternative to filing paper returns.

For more information, contact Dr. Hari Sharma, Department Chair or Bertha R. Morgan, Administrative Assistant at (804) 524-5842.