VITA Helps UW-Green Bay Community More Than Ever in 2024 Tax Season

Yesenia, standing, an accounting student in Income Tax Practicum class, works with Assistant Professor Zhuoli Axelton, center left, during the tax return review process as they file taxes electronically for two clients (community members in the foreground) through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program at the Brown County Library on March 22, 2023. UW-Green Bay accounting students become IRS-certified and are VITA volunteers. UW-Green Bay, Sue Pischke University Photographer

This year, the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program helped more than 500 students and community members – a 100% increase from last year.

“As a university-sponsored VITA program, our mission is to empower college students and community members with tax knowledge. We aim to enhance the community’s tax literacy and overall financial well-being. In addition to offering free tax return preparation, we also provide free tax workshops and tax E-filing support. We encourage students, staff members, and alums to participate in or volunteer for our program,” says UW-Green Bay Prof. Zhuoli Axelton, the director of the VITA program.

Tax season is a time of the year no one looks forward to. But with the passionate student interns, faculty, and staff, the UW-Green Bay community doesn’t have to worry. This year, the VITA program received a generous donation from WipFli in addition to a matched grant from the federal government, which allowed three interns to help in the efforts. Prof. Axelton notes that these interns helped to expand service hours, and contributed to the success of the drop-off services and 100% virtual service model.

If you are interested in learning more about the VITA program, visit their website to see a full list of services and contacts.



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