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Ivy Tech students provide free tax return preparation services

January 29, 2010

Bloomington, Ind. Ivy Tech Community College's Bloomington campus, in conjunction with the Internal Revenue Service and the City of Bloomington's Community and Family Resources are providing free tax preparation services for low-income households through VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance).

Tax preparation services at Ivy Tech will run Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from Jan. 27 through March 6, by appointment only.

Ivy Tech Accounting program chair Steve Englert, CPA, says that preparing tax returns is a fantastic experience for students and for the community. "In 2009, Ivy Tech accounting student Sabrina Carter discovered a tax credit missed by the computer software," he said. "Because of her willingness to do the research, Carter was able to help her clients realize larger refunds."

VITA is a volunteer-based program which gives low-to-moderate income residents an opportunity to receive free tax preparation and electronic filing of their federal and Indiana tax returns.

"Training to be a VITA volunteer is an additional workload, however it's well worth the effort," said Lin Nicholson, Ivy Tech Accounting student. "I am looking forward to helping others file free tax returns, and take advantage of all the new tax laws this year."

Chancellor John Whikehart says that Ivy Tech could never have anticipated the level of success of the VITA program. "VITA provides students with practical experience preparing taxes under the guidance of Ivy Tech accounting faculty, while offering a necessary service to the community," he said. "Since 2004, Ivy Tech students have prepared more than 1,300 returns and generated federal refunds totaling more than $1,700,000."

To make an appointment for VITA at Ivy Tech call (812) 332-1559, ext. 0.

Ivy Tech Community College ( is the state's largest public post-secondary institution and one of the nation's largest singly-accredited statewide community college systems with more than 130,000 students enrolled annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.