Fisher Tax Clinic
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The Fisher/Ohio StateTax Clinic provides free tax preparation services to low-income taxpayers living and working in the Columbus metro area. In 2013, the Clinic completed 270 tax returns and brought approximately $436,000 into the Columbus economy. The Clinic is now in its tenth year of operation.
The Filing Season
Fisher students volunteer at these locations.
Congratulations to VITA!
The VITA program was part of a group of OSU community service projects recognized by President Bush on the Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction.
Learn more about the award.
History of the Tax Clinic
Stephanie L. Lewis, CPA, CVA, is the director of Fisher's VITA program.
The Clinic operates a chapter of the IRS' Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. It also is a member of the Columbus Tax Time coalition, organized by the United Way Central Ohio, to aid citizens in obtaining the full amount of the credit as funded for them by Congress.
The Clinic works with the United Way and HandsOn Central Ohio to provide appointments for low-income taxpayers as they prepare their federal and state income tax returns. It offers workstations where qualified taxpayers come to work with our volunteers to complete their tax forms and file them electronically.
After the completion of the tenth filing season of the Tax Clinic -- as of 2013 -- the Clinic has:
Support for the Tax Clinic
The Fisher/OSU Tax Clinic is supported in 2014 by seventy student volunteers, mostly from the MAcc program. Eleven MAcc students have taken leadership roles as Site Managers for the operation this year. Additional volunteers are recruited from the MBA program and OSU's law school, and from the local chapters of Beta Alpha Psi and the Accounting Association.
Support for the student volunteers - computer equipment, e-filing training, uniforms, and refreshments - are provided by the United Way, Godman Guild, OSU Extension, the IRS, Fisher College, and the AMIS department.
The VITA Program
VITA is a national operation, and most business schools operate a worksite every year. VITA and Beta Alpha Psi have a national partnership, with various levels of cross-promotion and incentives for quality work by the student volunteers.
Community service of this type - highly visible, involving lower income citizens, capturing tax refunds for them that otherwise would be ignored or given to for-profit tax preparers - is an important function of the college and the university. It helps OSU students develop an appreciation for client service and interaction, build their resumes, and "give back" to the taxpayers who make the university available. And it can bring significant amounts of tax refund/credit money from Washington into the local economy.
Want to prepare your own taxes?
If you have difficulty scheduling an appointment or simply want to prepare your own taxes, you can do so for free. Visit www.myfreetaxes.com/TaxTime for acess to free, web-based tax software.