Clayton State University’s long-running and highly-successful Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program has received another Performance Award Grant from the Atlanta Prosperity Campaign. The grant is based on the participation in the VITA program during this year’s tax season.
A program of the College of Business at Clayton State, VITA is a national program that provides tax support for certain eligible taxpayers. The program, which has been in existence for 40 years, also provides the volunteer tax preparers with extensive IRS training and testing. The student volunteers can then ensure that taxpayers will have their tax returns filled out accurately and timely and receive the tax credits they qualify for, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit.
Students can also benefit from having VITA volunteers prepare their taxes, because the volunteers are trained in the rules for the credits available for tuition and other school-related expenses. The VITA program also prepares state income tax returns and provides free e-filing options to ensure clients receive their refunds as soon as possible.
“Clayton State University is proud to be the only university in the state of Georgia that has successfully participated in the VITA program for 23 consecutive years,” says VITA Program Director and Clayton State Associate Professor of Law Dr. Judith Ogden.
Ogden notes that the Performance Award Grant would not have been possible if not for the dedication of the 14 Clayton State accounting students who took part in the 2013 program. This year’s VITA participants were...
Carl Bostic, Atlanta
Cuthbert Agbor, Austell
Bertha Amosu, Peachtree City
Lillie Brantley, Fayetteville
Geraldine Gaines, McDonough
Lisa Moller, Lithonia
Krystal Olmos, Fayetteville
Baonhan Pham, Jonesboro
Maria Quintero, Stockbridge
Sheri Shelton, Locust Grove
Breanna Smith, Hampton
Patricia Sparrow, Jonesboro
Derrance Vickson, Peachtree City
Tracy Lynn Young, Stone Mountain
In addition, Ogden had two Clayton State alumni Rosemarie Schultze of Forest Park and Daniel Garner of Stone Mountain return to take part in this year’s VITA program. In fact, Schultze has volunteered as VITA co-coordinator for several years.
Ogden also says that Clayton State staff member Sundiata Bradshaw and his fellow workers from the HUB Help Desk were key to the success of VITA through their technical support. In all, nearly 200 taxpayers were helped over six Saturdays in February and March 2013.