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Final Tally: Gonzaga Accounting Students Help Low-Income Residents Get $918,532 in Refunds

Gonzaga accounting students took time away from their classes at the Jepson Center to help low-income people file their taxes.

14 EWU Students Contribute

SPOKANE, Wash. – The final tally is in from the work more than 60 Gonzaga University accounting students did earlier this spring as certified volunteer tax preparers for the Internal Revenue Service’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (at the United Way site, 920 N. Washington St., Suite 100). The students helped file 744 returns generating $918,532 in refunds for low-income taxpayers.

The VITA program offers free tax return preparation for low-income individuals in the community, many of whom depend on the earned income tax credit and other payments from the IRS (such as tax refunds) to make ends meet. The United Way site is one of nine Spokane County locations free to qualifying filers from Feb. 1 through April 15.

The Gonzaga students work one-on-one with folks every Tuesday and Saturday. Fourteen Eastern Washington University students also volunteer at the United Way site on Fridays as well. The AARP provides four volunteers to review the students’ work.

For more information, please contact Tara Dowd with the Spokane County United Way at (509) 838-6581 or via email.

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