It’s tax-filing season and 14 Eastern Washington University accounting students are working as certified volunteer tax preparers for the Internal Revenue Service’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program at the United Way in Spokane.
As of mid-February, nearly 180 returns had been filed, generating more than $344,000 for residents, with half the tax-filing season remaining.
The VITA program offers free tax return preparation for low-income individuals in the community, many of whom depend on the earned-income tax credit and other payments from the IRS (such as tax refunds) to make ends meet. The United Way site is one of nine Spokane County locations free to qualifying filers from Feb. 1 through April 15.
The EWU students volunteer at the United way site on Fridays, while more than 60 Gonzaga University students work one-on-one with folks every Tuesday and Saturday. The AARP provides four volunteers to review the students’ work.