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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program offers assistant to local residents with filing their local, state, and federal tax returns. Accounting students from The University of Scranton and professional volunteers will provide the free service to residents of Lackawanna and Wayne counties with household incomes of $56,000 or less in 2019.

VITA Internship

About the Program

The VITA Program has been an important part of the local community for over 40 years, not only for residents, but also for students. Under the preparation and supervision of Joseph A. Hammond Jr., MBA, CPA, students can become tax interns and assist with the program.

Requirements

Students must be an Accounting major of at least Sophomore standing. 

Responsibilities

Because the program works with real clients, it provides students with up-to-date and diverse tasks that can be used in a future career. As an intern, you will get the opportunity to work with real documentation such as:

  • W2 Forms
  • 1099 forms (interest, dividends, pensions)
  • Unemployment paperwork
  • Real estate tax receipts

Benefits of Completing the Internship

  • Gain hands-on experience and mentorship
  • Develop a better understanding of the demands of professional accounting
  • Help students better understand and plan their own future career plans
  • Apply what you have learned in the classroom to a professional environment

To apply to be an intern, please fill out the application.

Information for Local Residents

During tax season each year, walk-in VITA service without an appointment is available on select days in Room 111 of Brennan Hall, 320 Madison Avenue. 

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Service on campus will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis and advance appointments cannot be scheduled. The University reserves the right to cap the number of walk-in residents they can serve within a single day.

The program is also available by appointment on certain days at The University of Scranton and other locations in Lackawanna and Wayne counties.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact

Joe Hammond, CPA
Brennan 307 
Phone: (570) 941-7977
VITA program partners are The University of Scranton, The United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties, Lackawanna College, United Neighborhood Centers of NEPA, the Lackawanna County Library System, Penn State Scranton and the IRS