With the marathon race toward Tax Day over, USC Leventhal students can breathe a sigh of relief — at least until finals. USC VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance), a student-run organization that provides pro bono tax assistance to families and students with moderate to low incomes in the Central Los Angeles community, filed 944 returns, totaling $831,231 in tax refund and $111,668 in tax due.
USC VITA at the Gateway site alone handled 881 returns. They completed over 100 more returns this year than last. And because the refund amount does not include paper files, prior year returns or amendments that were completed for international students, the amount should be higher.
There were 117 volunteers that completed at least one return, and five student translators from USC Dornsife joined Leventhal students to assist with Spanish speakers in the community. Volunteers are trained by accounting professionals and IRS-certified.
Joanne Kay ’17, USC VITA president and active member for three years, said all this could not have been accomplished without the support and guidance of various partners, including Dean William W. Holder and his staff, Professor Rose Layton, adjunct Professor Dave Boschetto and professionals from KPMG and Deloitte.