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VITA Tax Preparation Program on McNeese Campus

February 25, 2019 | McNeese Public Relations
McNeese student Caitlin Legnon fill out the necessary online forms to file her 2018 tax return, as College of Business Internship Director Morgan Turpin (standing, left) and Assistant Professor of Accounting Mike Roach look on.

McNeese
State University has once again partnered with United Way of Southwest
Louisiana this tax season to offer free tax preparation assistance to
qualifying citizens in Southwest Louisiana through the Volunteer
Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

This
year, 20 McNeese finance and accounting majors are gaining hands-on experience in preparing taxes as
interns for VITA.

“Through the VITA
Program, our interns get hands-on experience in their field while helping the
community,” says Morgan Turpin, internship director for the McNeese College of
Business.

McNeese student Caitlin Legnon fill out the necessary online forms to file her 2018 tax return, as College of Business Internship Director Morgan Turpin (standing, left) and Assistant Professor of Accounting Mike Roach look on.

Turpin and Mike Roach, assistant
professor of accounting and VITA site coordinator/manager, are working together to ensure that the VITA
program continues to be a success at McNeese.

“Our interns are IRS-certified
volunteers who provide this tax preparation. We are proud to partner with
United Way to provide this valuable service,” she adds.

Individuals
with an income of less than $54,000 in 2018 qualify for free tax preparation,
as well as persons with disabilities, senior citizens and limited
English-speaking taxpayers. VITA also offers additional services, such as tax
review for previous returns. Both appointments and walk-ins are welcome.

VITA is located in Room 302 of the Burton Business Center. Hours are noon-8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2-8 p.m. Wednesdays and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. The program will be available through April 13, but the office will be closed March 4-6 for Mardi Gras.

For more information or a list of required documents, call 337-433-1088 or visit the United Way VITA website at https://www.unitedwayswla.org/VITA.