VITA is Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
The Tusculum University Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is an IRS grant program which offers free tax preparation to qualifying taxpayers in the Greeneville, TN / Tri-Cities area. All volunteers for our program are trained and certified by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
Although the program has been around for quite some time, the 2016-17 year marked the first year for the VITA program at Tusculum University. We are fortunate to have community partners, Appalachian Community Federal Credit Union on board as participants and supporters of our program.
The Tusculum University VITA program is intended to assist a variety of taxpayers who need help in filing their own tax returns.
Who might qualify?
- People who generally earn less than $54,000 per year.
- Persons with disabilities
- Limited English speaking taxpayers
- Urban and rural residents
- Faculty, staff, and students of Tusculum University
Participants in the program will be assisted by well-trained IRS certified student volunteers. Student volunteers will learn valuable skills in tax preparation, professionalism, and interviewing, while also serving the community.
Dr. Harold Branstrator, a former IRS employee, oversees the VITA Program at Tusculum University. Dr. Branstrator’s program prepares students who are trained extensively and certified by the Internal Revenue Service to prepare returns for the citizens of Greeneville and the surrounding area.