Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program
Mission
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) volunteers provide free income tax preparation assistance to low-income, elderly, and disabled taxpayers as well as to taxpayers for whom English is a second language. VITA assistance covers Federal, State and Local Tax returns.

Services
In addition to tax preparation, the program offers free eFile services for both Federal and Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware tax returns, including direct deposit of refunds. The assistance is offered on a first come first serve basis throughout the tax season. VITA is coordinated in conjunction with Nehemiah Gateway's EITC (earned income tax credit) Campaign. VITA has several sites throughout Wilmington and New Castle County.

Training and Commitment
The time commitment is only three hours per week during tax season. The hours you accrue volunteering for VITA as a tax preparer or cash coordinator can be used to earn Pro Bono Distinction at graduation! Additionally, no experience is necessary. There are training sessions held at the beginning of the spring semester where you will receive certification for the tax season from the IRS.

What Students Do
Depending on their level of certification, volunteers are taught to correctly identify filing status, and to prepare returns with wages, tips, interest, dividends, unearned income, social security and retirement income, and self-employed income for Schedule C-EZ. While VITA volunteers are not required to train to fill out Schedules C, D, and E, certain sites may be able to help with such returns. Students start by talking to the client and finding out what his or her particular situation is. This helps the student develop interviewing skills while providing the taxpayer with the appropriate services for his or her needs.

Contact Us
There are information sessions held during the fall semester. 1Ls are permitted to participate. Keep an eye out for flyers posted around campus.

Widener Law, Delaware Student Coordinators:
Laura Haushalter - lbhaushalter@mail.widener.edu
Andrew Mirisis - agmirisis@mail.widener.edu

For More Information:
http://www.nehemiahgateway.org/
http://www.eitcdelaware.net/