Law Students Help During Tax Season Through VITA
This tax season, 16 law school students lent their expertise to the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program – an IRS-sponsored program that provides students and low-income taxpayers with assistance. The local VITA program ran at the law school Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through April 12. It was coordinated by law students Brian Arthur and Mark Loerzel, with guidance from law faculty advisor Gregg Polsky, who teaches taxation and accounting. Sanctioned by the American Bar Association, VITA gives law students an opportunity to gain valuable practical experience by working with and counseling clients. It also keeps them abreast of current income tax regulations through training provided by the IRS. Hours logged by the student volunteers qualify for credit in the law school’s pro bono certificate program. “This experience has been valuable,” Arthur said, “both in practicing and improving my tax skills, and in the gratification I’ve received from helping out individuals who cannot afford costly tax assistance and advice. We’ve helped more than 190 students and low-income filers.” Students participating included Arthur, Mackenson Bernard, Corey Cho, Frederick Dauley, Amy Denton, Rose Drupiewski, Maea “Alex” Guevara, Brian Harris, Wes Harvin, Kim Howard, Scott Johnson, Kurian Koshy, Shelly Llewellyn, Loerzel, Jimmy Parado and Allen Winsor.