Each spring, IRS-certified accounting students from the
University at Buffalo School of Management provide free tax
preparation services to qualifying individuals and families.
The tax preparation service is provided by the UB Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, an international honors organization for accounting and finance students and professionals. Services are provided on the university's North and South campuses through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.
In 2015, more than 200 IRS-certified accounting students from the University at Buffalo School of Management brought $1.28 million back into the Buffalo community through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. More than $398,000 of the total was a result of the Earned Income Credit, which assists low-income families.
Western New York residents and students are encouraged to take advantage of this free service, which, by IRS estimates, can save taxpayers $100 to $300 in preparation fees.
This service can be especially valuable to low-income tax filers by helping them apply for earned income tax credits that can provide a needed boost in annual income. The tax credits, which can reduce or completely eliminate income taxes by refunding taxes already withheld from wages, can mean as much as $5,028 for a family with two children.
Over the past eight years, School of Management student volunteers have brought more than $8 million in tax refunds back into the community by preparing nearly 6,400 tax returns. More than $1.78 million was from the Earned Income Credit, helping families most in need of support.