Community-Based Programs

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

Marcus at ABCD

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program began at Wentworth in 2002 with the support of the Management faculty and the student group, Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE). VITA trains students to prepare income taxes for low income clients in the community as a free service. The Center partners with ABCD Parker Hill/Fenway and the program is run out of that location. Students enjoy interacting with neighborhood residents, learning to work with a team of volunteers, and the opportunity to learn to prepare their own taxes. Last year students volunteered at the ABCD site one night a week to prepare and file taxes for Boston families who earned less than $50,000 in the prior tax year.

Over the last seven years of VITA at Wentworth:

915 filings have been made,
76 volunteers worked a combined
5,446 hours for a total return of $1,494,684.00. 

Once at ABCD, their office staff supervises WIT student volunteers. In 2013, 6 Wentworth students volunteered 111.5 hours and prepared and filed 85 tax returns for a total of $280,998 returned to the community.

To hear more about the VITA from a student tax preparer, please read this reflection on the VITA experience by 2015 participant, Samantha Lemus. 

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