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BHSU accounting majors assist community members with tax preparation

Author: BHSU Communications/Thursday, February 20, 2020/Categories: Events, Students, College of Business and Natural Sciences, Community, Events, Faculty, Staff, 2020

The Black Hills State University Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Clinic opened earlier this month and continue until Saturday, April 4. Accounting students are certified by the IRS to provide tax return assistance to community members through the clinic.
Each spring, Black Hills State University hosts the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Clinic for individuals needing assistance with their tax returns. BHSU offers an Advanced Income Tax course which allows students to become certified by the IRS to work as tax preparers in the clinic. The clinic opened earlier this month and continues until Saturday, April 4.

According to instructor Christopher Wardell, participating is a great opportunity for BHSU students. “Working in the clinic allows our students to obtain real-world experience preparing actual tax returns using tax software. This experience provides a baseline for the more complicated tax returns they may prepare after graduation while working in an accounting position,” Wardell shares.

“Working in the clinic also allows our students to demonstrate and develop client-interaction and problem solving skills that will be invaluable in any job they may hold in the future.”

VITA is available for persons who make $56,000 or less, persons with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance with their tax returns. All clinics are held in Jonas Hall room 205. On weekdays, the clinic is from 4-7 p.m. and Saturday clinics are from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. No appointment needed, walk-ins only.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 19
  • Thursday, Feb. 20
  • Saturday, Feb. 29
  • Tuesday, March 3
  • Wednesday, March 4
  • Thursday, March 5
  • Saturday, March 21
  • Saturday, March 28
  • Saturday, April 4
For more information contact Wardell at 605-642-6002 or

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