We strongly recommend that the taxpayers have an e-mail address and bring last year's tax return ( Both Federal and State).
CSUN VITA Publicity
CSUN Newsroom - http://blogs.csun.edu/news/2010/01/28/tax-assistance/
VITA's Mission to the Community
The mission of the California State University, Northridge, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is to be a valued community partner in the culturally and linguistically diverse San Fernando Valley area. The VITA program provides timely and relevant federal and state information to the community concerning taxpayers’ rights and responsibilities. In addition, this program satisfies the widespread need for free tax return assistance, primarily for low-income individuals, senior citizens, non-English-speaking individuals, and the disabled located in CSUN’s surrounding community.
Training Experience with VITA
Before going into the field, volunteers attend a 24-hour training program during January. Through this program, Students gain valuable “hands-on” experience preparing federal and state tax returns, and they learn the important skills required to service a VITA site. In addition, all students receive CSUN course credit.
Advance courses are available for volunteers with prior experience. These advance courses will train students to become VITA site supervisors. Volunteers with no prior experience will receive two units of credit. Supervisors will receive three units of credit.
The Volunteer Protection Act of 1997, Public Law 105-19, protects volunteers from liability for negligent acts they perform within the scope of their responsibilities in the organization for who they volunteer. The Act excludes conduct that is willful or criminal, grossly negligent, or reckless, or that constitutes a conscious, vagrant indifference to the rights or safety of the individual potentially harmed by the volunteer. Click Here to Download Details
Links to Government Tax Agencies