VITA Program

UW Bothell accounting honor society processes 900 tax returns for 2012 tax year

The UW Bothell School of Business would like to recognize the great work achieved through the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program. The VITA Program, sponsored by United Way, provides free tax assistance to qualified individuals in the community. IRS-certified undergraduate students in our Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) chapter (accounting honor society) have volunteered their time to this program for several years. For the 2012 tax year, 30 students from Beta Alpha Psi, the Mu Psi Chapter (UW Bothell), processed 900 tax returns leading to a refund of $1.6 million and Earned Income Tax Credit of over $500,000. Thank you to BAP and United Way for your significant and exciting impact on the community! Please find more program achievements and information below.

The 2012 tax year impact of Beta Alpha Psi, Mu Psi chapter on the community

BAP’s Impact: Per BAP Member All BAP Participants
Number of customers served 30 900
Refund processed, total $54,035 $1,621,598
Earned Income Tax Credit, total $17,016 $510,482

Students volunteered from January 15 to April 15 and gained valuable tax practice, earned an IRS certification, participated in valuable community service, and accomplished important work as a team. Joshua D. A. Parise, UW Bothell Mu Beta Alpha Psi VITA Co-Chair, noted that "a community which naturally develops within the VITA tax site, through everyone’s sharing of knowledge and collaboration to navigate taxes, exemplifies what I feel community is really about. Several VITA volunteers came up to me after tax day stating that they missed their tax site. There is something truly positive about how contagious the gifting of joy and peace of mind to people is through one of the most successful anti-poverty campaigns that gives back to those in need." Joshua is a United Way VITA tax preparation volunteer and a UW Bothell CBLR office Business and Community Development Civic Fellow.

Thank you to Beta Alpha Psi faculty advisor, Ron Tilden, and Jean Claude Hauchecorne, Program Manager of Community Outreach, for the above program data.

To learn more about the IRS VITA program, please click here.