Students volunteer to prepare income tax returns 

Students in the Accounting program at Pittsburg State University are getting real-world experience while contributing a valuable community service: they’re preparing tax returns at no cost for community members and sole proprietors. 

The students are enrolled in tax classes taught by Associate Professor Mary Jo Goedeke, and getting certified by the IRS as a tax preparer is part of the curriculum. 

Goedeke works with the IRS to get site approval through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, and students volunteer to be on hand in Room 221 Kelce from 9 a.m. to noon each Monday during tax season. 

They schedule two appointments every half hour, and accept walk-ins when time allows. 

“We have a limited number of staff — I have to check each return that goes out, so there is a limit to what we can do, but students get to experience entering returns with tax software, learn how itemized deductions work, and it couples with what they're learning in class really well,” Goedeke said.  

Those seeking tax return assistance must have a valid passport or driver’s license for themselves and any dependents claimed on their return, as well as all relevant tax papers. The income limit is $60,000. 

Many international students at Pitt State use the service, which can be especially overwhelming to non-native English speakers who have never had to do it before. 

“They’re using their skills to help the public, and a lot of the people who come in are really grateful,” Goedeke said. 

For more information, email Goedeke. 

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