Tech Students Help With Tax Returns

Tech Students Help With Tax Returns



Three Accounting Technology students from Montana Tech’s College of Technology are assisting Southwest Montana residents prepare their income tax returns. DeAnne Owens, Michelle Schneiter and Julie Schroder are participating in the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program. The VITA Program offers free tax help to people who make $50,000 or less and need assistance in preparing their own tax returns.

"I am very proud that my students are participating in the VITA program," said Vickie Petritz, Accounting Technology Instructor. "They worked hard and became certified by the Internal Revenue Service in order to do this volunteer work."

In order to participate in the VITA Program, volunteers must be certified by the IRS. Once qualified, they are allowed to provide free basic income tax return preparation to qualified individuals. They can also inform taxpayers about special tax credits for which they may qualify such as Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled.

The Accounting Technology Program at Montana Tech’s College of Technology is a two-year program leading to an Associate of Applied Science degree. The three IRS-certified students are all nearing the completion of their degree programs.

"These students are giving back to their communities in strong and positive ways," said Dr. John M. Garic, Dean of the College of Technology. "Volunteering in the community is one of the good citizenship traits which we foster at Montana Tech and as members of the American Democracy Project."