As a public service, the Department of Accounting in the School of Business sponsors VITA preparation sessions, following IRS guidelines for VITA centers. The sessions are listed in the UConn VITA Sessions link. Only U.S. resident students will be served, as well as other low-income resident taxpayers. Individuals with gross income under $20,000 or married couples with combined gross income less than $40,000 qualify for the service, but those who are self-employed, have securities, or IRAs do not qualify for the service.
Accounting students who have taken a tax class volunteer to prepare simple tax returns, but anyone who has tax preparation experience is welcomed as a volunteer. There is one night of volunteer training. If you are willing to volunteer, please contact Professor Mike Redemske.
Professor Redemske spearheads this public service effort on behalf of the department. Professors Amy Dunbar, John Phillips,and Mike Redemske oversee the accounting students in the tax preparation process during the scheduled VITA hours. The professors provide tax help ONLY during the VITA volunteer hours. The professors do not provide individual tax assistance.
If you are unable to come during the UConn VITA sessions, you can visit the IRS at 135 High St, Hartford, next to the Governor's Foot Guard Armory Building (reddish building). 135 is a three story building, a stone’s throw from the Union Bus Station. It is named the William Cotter Federal Building. The IRS will not prepare the return, but IRS personnel can answer questions.
The School of Business VITA site is unable to assist international students unless you have been here over five years and can file a resident income tax return. International students may be able to find help for a fee from the following sites:
Another possible source of assistance for nonresidents is http://www.thetaxguy.com