For over a decade, Cal State LA VITA Program has offered electronic tax preparation and e-filing at no cost to the taxpayers. This service is provided by the Cal State LA Department of Accounting in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program.
The VITA Program at Cal State LA had a two-fold purpose: Tax Preparation Service and Financial Education for the community and Service-Learning and Community- Citizenship for the students. The program is aimed at low- to middle-income taxpayers who cannot afford professional assistance.
To participate in this voluntary service learning program, co-sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service and CA Franchise Tax Board students must first pass the IRS VITA Certification test. They receive training during the Fall semester. The tax returns are computerized and electronically filed with the IRS and CA FTB during the tax season spanning from the last week of January to April 16th. Students and faculty utilize collaborative learning strategies to provide tax advocacy and disseminate information to taxpayers in the community.