UWest’s Volunteers for Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program just accomplished its tasks. Since January, the program helped more than 370 people file their 2009 Individual Federal and CA State Income Tax Returns; it is a great success. Through this program, UWest staff/students and local residents received free tax filing services. Volunteers from the UWest and local community further learned the latest US tax laws. Also, the program promotes the University and improves the university’s relationship with the local communities.

The Department of Business Administration at UWest started this VITA program in 2008. The program is partnered with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). In 2009, the program helped about 300 people.

This year, there were 17 volunteers, including faculty/staff/students/alumni as well as one from the local community. Professors Richard Phan and Bill Chen supervised the program.