The UMSL VITA program offers a variety of opportunities for students currently
enrolled at the USML College of Business Administration, as well as other
individuals in our community who would like to join our program.
Tax preparers provide free basic tax return preparation for eligible
taxpayers. To establish the greatest degree of public trust, tax preparers
have a responsibility to provide free high quality service and uphold the
highest of ethical standards. Tax preparers must attain IRS certification
at the Basic level but are strongly encouraged to certify at the Intermediate
level. Certification at the Advanced level is optional. Applicants
should have at least 9 hours of accounting courses completed or have prior
experience in tax preparation.
Site leaders provide coordination, organization, and supervision for
the sites to which they are assigned. Each site leader is expected to assist
other tax preparers as needed, conduct quality reviews of tax returns, and
submit all reports and electronic tax returns ready for IRS transmission to
the managing coordinators immediately after each shift. Site leaders must
attain IRS certification at the Intermediate level, but are encouraged to
certify at the Advanced level.
Support coordinators provide coordination, organization, and support
to the managing coordinators in one or more specific aspects of the program
(volunteer recruitment, marketing, training, general support, etc.).
Support coordinators must attain IRS certification at the Intermediate level,
but are welcome to certify at the Advanced level.
Managing coordinators provide coordination, organization, and
supervision for all aspects of the UMSL VITA program. Managing coordinators
work closely with the faculty advisor, attend annual IRS training, and
delegate to support coordinators as necessary. Managing coordinators must
attain IRS certification at the Advanced level.
If you are interested in learning more about serving as an UMSL VITA volunteer,
please complete an application
and e-mail it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or drop
it off in the VITA office in 504 SSB Tower.