VITA Program At Concord University Assists Area Residents At Tax Time

For Immediate Release: 
May 11 2018

CONTACT:  Sarah Dalton

Concord University

Office of Advancement  

PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712

(304) 384-6312,


After 4 p.m.

Office: 304-384-5211

Cell: 304-320-6405






ATHENS, W.Va. – Concord University students and faculty offered free tax return preparation to qualifying individuals again this year through VITA, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. VITA is sponsored by the IRS and is provided free of charge to individuals generally making $54,000 or less annually.


Students received training using IRS materials and took certification tests in order to show they understand tax law before they began preparing returns. This year, Concord had 15 students registered in the class. Many of these student volunteers are accounting majors.


Full-time faculty members Shelly Stump and Dr. Charlotte Davis also volunteered along with adjunct instructor of accounting Shea Boothe, who served as the VITA Site Coordinator.  Bonnie Brown, administrative associate, was in charge of scheduling the appointments.


Students volunteered over 480 total hours in return preparation.  More than 300 individuals received the service with 281 federal returns and 289 state returns efiled. Returns were prepared at CU’s Athens campus and for the Commission on Aging in Princeton.


“The VITA program is so beneficial to our community,” Boothe said. “Through this free program, individuals in our community had their returns prepared free of charge.”

“The community seemed so appreciative of our efforts,” he added. “I can’t thank the community enough for taking advantage of our services. This provided a valuable learning experience to our students.”




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