The VITA Experience
At York College's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, student participants must complete IRS certifications exams. Students learn to prepare Federal and New York State income tax returns using professional tax preparation software. In addition, students will develop and enhance a number of soft skills such as problem solving, teamwork, critical thinking and leadership which are considered valuable to entry-level accounting and business professionals. Students are also able to build a solid resume after participating in VITA.
Volunteering in the VITA program is an excellent opportunity for accounting majors to gain exposure to income taxes prior to completing a formal course in taxation. In addition, this will increase students’ chances of being successful in the tax course. For students that have already completed a course in taxation, this program provides them an opportunity to apply the knowledge that they have gained from that class to a real-world context. Students can also receive accounting internship credits for participating in VITA.
Benefits of becoming an intern include:
- Personalized recommendations from York College VITA Directors
- Enhanced resume
- Letter of Community Service on your college letterhead
- Nationally-recognized certifications to prepare individual tax returns
- Personal IRS Recognition Certificate for those who complete 150 hours or more
- A great place to meet new friends and network
- A chance to gain managerial experience
Each year students successfully plan and implement the policies and procedures required to coordinate a VITA site during tax season. These students undertake various duties and levels of responsibility while gaining practical work experience in a professional environment serving the public. Students learn how to utilize the professional tax software, TaxWise. Theories taught in class are quickly applied to practical situations. In addition, students develop skills such as teamwork, effective communication, customer service, motivation, and making ethical decisions; qualities that businesses are looking for in today’s employees.
The following positions are available:
- Quality Reviewer