Black Hills State University accounting students are volunteering their time to assist students, elderly, low-income individuals, and veterans with tax preparation and filing as part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Students in instructor Robin Meyerink’s Advanced Income Tax class had to pass three levels of certification in order to volunteer for the program. So far the students have filed nearly 150 tax returns.

Tax preparation volunteers include, back row, left to right: DeShayne Nye, senior from Pierre; Ally Boetel, senior from Mission Hill; Cassy Stevens, junior from Wright, Wyo.; Margie Orcutt, senior from Baker, Mont.; Laura Sidwell, senior from Mills, Wyo.; Clay Smith, senior from Greely, Colo.; and Julia Tan, senior from Spearfish. Front row, left to right: Diana Fiegen, senior from Dell Rapids; Seth Hipple, senior from Pierre; Veronica Begeman, senior from Spearfish; and Liz Leinweber, senior from Rapid City. Not pictured Stacy Langer, senior from Spearfish.