Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program

The UW Law School and Wisconsin Department of Revenue’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) offers free tax services to moderate- to low- income Madison residents.

The Program

Law Student Volunteers Benefits

  • Become IRS certified
  • Receive training, shadowing, and feedback from tax professionals
  • Prepare numerous state and federal tax returns, a service saving individuals $180 per return – an incredible way to help people!
  • Complete your own professionally-reviewed and approved tax returns free of charge (you can also prepare returns for your family and friends)
  • Enhance your resume and gain valuable business and tax law experience;
  • Remain competitive with other law schools / job applicants (nearly every other law school has a VITA program).
  • Work with the latest tax software and technology in the Department of Revenue’s newly-renovated space.

Timeline

  • October 25th to November 15th:  Interested law students should contact either Jackie Wilcox (jbwilcox@wisc.edu) or Eileen Dorfman (eidorfman@wisc.edu) to sign up or receive more information.
  • Early-December:  Brief meeting at the law school with program coordinator for further details
  • Winter Break:  Review training materials and take IRS certification online test (this is not supposed to take more than a day), meet for 6 – 8 hour training session with Wisconsin Department of Revenue coordinators near the end of Break
  • January 25th to April 15th:  Volunteer for 10 sessions with the VITA Program
  • To join or receive more information, contact either Jackie Wilcox (jbwilcox@wisc.edu) or Eileen Dorfman (eidorfman@wisc.edu).

 

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