Students At Concord University Volunteering To Prepare Income Tax Returns

For Immediate Release: 
Jan 28 2016

CONTACT:  Sarah Dalton

Concord University

Office of Advancement

PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712

(304) 384-6312,         





ATHENS, W.Va. – Concord University students will prepare income tax returns for qualifying area residents again this year. This is the fifth year that Concord has served as a VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program site.

The VITA program offers free basic income tax return preparation and electronic filing for senior citizens, persons who make $54,000 or less per year, and other qualifying individuals. VITA is a program of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

The students volunteering with the program have been trained and are IRS certified to prepare tax returns.

Income tax preparation assistance will be available on Concord’s Athens campus on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. beginning Feb. 2 and continuing until March 30. Please note that no service will be provided on March 15 and March 16 due to Spring Break.

Concord’s VITA volunteers will also be at the Commission on Aging in Princeton on Feb. 17, Feb. 24, March 2 and March 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Certain eligibility requirements apply and appointments are necessary. To verify eligibility and to schedule an appointment to meet with a VITA volunteer in Athens, call Concord’s Division of Business office at 304-384-5244. For an appointment in Princeton please contact the Commission on Aging at 304-425-7111.

Concord is offering two new services for 2016 as part of the VITA program according to Dr. Cynthia Khanlarian, CPA, CMA. Khanlarian directs the student volunteers and is an associate professor of accounting at Concord.

“We will be offering a drop off service this year,” Khanlarian said. “Taxpayers can bring their tax information along with a photo ID and their Social Security card. A student will prepare the return and have it ready for pick up at a later date. At the time the taxpayer comes to claim it, there will be a reviewer to go over the return but the process should be a lot faster.”

Individuals wishing to use the drop off service may bring their income tax information to Room 130 in the Rahall Technology Center on Tuesdays or Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Concord is also making work stations available for use by qualifying individuals wishing to prepare their own returns.

“We will be offering, for the first time, computer stations to be used for free so that (qualifying) taxpayers can file their own returns using our software and internet at no charge,” Khanlarian said. “The VITA volunteers will also be available to help if the taxpayer has questions.”

The computer stations will be available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Rahall 130.  



Persons with disabilities should contact Nancy Ellison, 1-304-384-6086 or 1-800-344-6679 extension 6086

if special assistance is required for access to an event scheduled by the University on campus.