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VITA

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) is an IRS sponsored program that provides free, on-campus tax return assistance to eligible individuals and families each Spring semester. Currently, to be eligible your household income must be $56,000 or less, you must be filing a US resident tax return and you must be able to show appropriate identification for all members of your household.

If you are interested in having your taxes prepared for free, go to bmorefreetaxes.org to make an appointment.  If you select UMBC’s VITA site, your appointment will take place on the UMBC campus in the Apartment Community Center on Walker Avenue.

If you are interested in volunteering as an IRS certified tax preparation, you can sign up here!

 

UMBC VITA Badge

All students who pass the IRS certification with a score of 80% or more and volunteer at least 25 hours will earn a FinancialSmarts Badge from UMBC. The badge can be prominently displayed in myUMBC and social media accounts…such as Facebook and LinkedIn. To learn more about the cash course badge click here.

 

UMBC VITA Badge

Description

This badge is recognition of service as an IRS certified volunteer income tax preparer. When a badge earner participates for multiple years they will move up in level. Year 1 would be considered level 1, year two would be considered level 2.Badge earners will have completed an advanced IRS certification and completed an additional 25 hours of tax preparation in year 2 to earn a level 2 badge.

Criteria

The badge earnermustpass the IRS certification with a score of 80% or more and perform tax preparation services for at least 25 hours in one tax season. This is meaningful to the earner because it shows they are dedicated to providing a much needed service to individuals that may not be able to afford it, while also equipping themselves with the wherewithal to provide tax assistance. Our organization's mission is to provide tools to help students make informed decisions about their finances and this badge helps us accomplish this goal.

UMBC VITA Badge - Level 2

Description

This badge is recognition of service as an IRS certified volunteer income tax preparer. When a badge earner participates for multiple years they will move up in level. Year 1 would be considered level 1, year two would be considered level 2.Badge earners will have completed an advanced IRS certification and completed an additional 25 hours of tax preparation in year 2 to earn a level 2 badge.

Criteria

The badge earnermustpass the IRS certification with a score of 80% or more and perform tax preparation services for at least 25 hours in one tax season. This is meaningful to the earner because it shows they are dedicated to providing a much needed service to individuals that may not be able to afford it, while also equipping themselves with the wherewithal to provide tax assistance. Our organization's mission is to provide tools to help students make informed decisions about their finances and this badge helps us accomplish this goal.