A team of Lubar accounting students partnered with Journey House this spring to offer free help with taxes to local low-income individuals and families.
Accounting students in the Beta Alpha Psi business fraternity assisted income taxpayers with uncomplicated returns.
Students participating receive course credit, according to Veena L. Brown, Associate Professor of Accounting, who is the faculty advisor to the Eta Theta Chapter at UWM. Approximately 28 Lubar students took the training and signed up to volunteer. The feedback from student volunteers and Journey House was positive. The chapter hopes make this an annual partnership, Brown said.
The tax assistance is offered through the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program, which provides online training. The Journey House location serves many Spanish, Hmong and elderly residents in the neighborhood, according to Ricardo Galaviz, VITA site coordinator.