Volunteer Income Tax Assistance - NRA VITA
The NRA Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site provides tax return preparation assistance to nonresident students, faculty, and staff. The site will be open Monday-Friday, 1-6 p.m. on:
- February 22 - February 26, 2016
- March 21 - March 25, 2016
- April 11 - April 15, 2016
The NRA VITA site is located in the Pershing building computer lab. That isPershing Commons Building 909 Hitt Street Room C-240 (2nd floor)
VITA Volunteers Needed
Volunteers are sought to staff the Nonresident Alien (NRA) Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site to assist international students and researchers with tax return preparation. This is a unique opportunity to get involved with the international community on campus and to receive high-level training (and IRS NRA VITA certification) on tax issues.
Volunteers need not have previous experience with tax return preparation, and will not be expected to do line-by-line tax return preparation as a result of going through this training. International students and researchers will complete their own returns using the computer software provided. Volunteers will be expected to answer software-related and some basic tax return-related questions. Volunteers will not be expected to staff the VITA site alone — there will be a minimum of two volunteers scheduled at all times.
Volunteers are expected to serve in minimum two-hour blocks during any or all of the three weeks of the NRA VITA site that they are available, but no minimum number of total hours is required. The larger the number of volunteers, the better service we can provide, so it is our hope that volunteers will commit to as much time as their schedules permit.
Beginning tax year 2014, the IRS requires all volunteers (including those at NRA VITA sites) to certify in "basic" tax law before the NRA certification test is made available.
Training for "basic" certification will be conducted by Andrew Zumwalt in February 2016. Once basic certification is achieved, volunteers will be expected to complete the "Foreign Student" curriculum and test to be certified to assist with preparation of nonresident returns at the IRS Link and Learn site.
A mandatory training session for FNTR (Foreign National Tax Return) Software, that is used at the NRA VITA site, is scheduled for 1pm on Saturday, February 20, 2016.
- Training for the Missouri Tax return will also take place at that time.
- Volunteers who are nonresident aliens are welcome to bring 2015 income statements, so they can complete their return during the software training session.
Training on NRA tax issues is now available online. Volunteers must pass the NRA VITA IRS on-line course and print their ,test score information and provide those results, either hard copy of via email, to Sharon Morris (firstname.lastname@example.org), NRA VITA Volunteer Coordinator, at 1095 Virginia Avenue (Parking Structure #7), before they can be scheduled at the NRA VITA site.