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Accounting Students Help Low-Income Residents Get More than $1 Million in Tax Refunds

The Gonzaga students work one-on-one with clients every Tuesday and Saturday.

Gonzaga students work one-on-one with clients every Tuesday and Saturday.

EWU, Whitworth Students Collaborate

SPOKANE, Wash. – More than 80 Gonzaga University accounting students have contributed over 700 hours as certified volunteer tax preparers, resulting in 728 tax returns being filed generating refunds totaling more than $1 Million ($1,061,558). And there’s still one full-service day left on Saturday with more returns to process.

The students work for the Internal Revenue Service’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program at the United Way site, 920 N. Washington St., Suite 100. 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 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 clients every Tuesday and Saturday.  Eastern Washington University and Whitworth University students volunteer at the United Way site on Fridays as well. Three AARP volunteers and three returning Gonzaga student coordinators act as quality reviewers of students’ work.

For more information, please contact Gonzaga Assistant Professor of Accounting Andrew Brajcich at (509) 313-7053 or Andrey Muzychenko with the Spokane County United Way at (509) 838-6581.

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