UW Bothell Accounting Students prepare over 500 tax returns as part of the VITA Program


Tuesday, July 20, 2010
CONTACT: Richard Penny, (425) 352-3395,  pennyr2@uw.edu

BOTHELL, Wash. – 20 Students from the Beta Alpha Psi accounting society at the University of Washington Bothell volunteered their time this last spring to prepare tax returns through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program. In total, the team prepared 534 returns.

The experience gave UW Bothell students a chance to see their accounting skills help others. Kris Wilson, UW Bothell Beta Alpha Psi VITA Chairperson, says, “Real world application is sometimes a very different hand than the textbook. Additionally, this opportunity solidified the reasons I want to work as a tax accountant.”

VITA is a free tax preparation program, sponsored by the IRS that is offered to low-income, elderly, disabled and limited English speaking people. In order for UW Bothell students to participate in the program, they had to be certified by the IRS administration with a test score of 80% or greater on an IRS administered test.

UW Bothell’s Beta Alpha Psi is planning on hosting a VITA site in 2011.

For more information about the UW Bothell Business Program, please visit their website: www.uwb.edu/business.

About UW Bothell: The University of Washington Bothell combines the benefits of a small campus with the resources and prestige of a world-renowned university. Offering over 30 degrees, options, certificates and concentrations, its curriculum emphasizes close student-faculty interaction, collaboration among students, and hands-on learning. UW Bothell celebrates its 20th year of operation during the 2009-10 academic year with the opening of student housing, an access ramp connecting the campus to SR522, and new degrees including a Master of Computing and Software Systems (MSCSS), and a Leadership Master of Business Administration (L-MBA) at an offsite location in Bellevue, WA.