Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

Sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program has been helping the community since the 1980s. Under the program, NU students prepare and electronically file federal and state tax returns free of charge for elderly and low-income taxpayers in the community. The program is coordinated by members of Beta Alpha Psi, the international honor society for accounting, and the college’s accounting society.

In August 2010, the accounting students from Niagara University's College of Business Administration were honored with a national award for preparing the most tax returns in the VITA program. The program is a great example of the Vincentian tradition of developing leaders who will make a difference in their community and the larger world, through excellence and humility. 

2013 Program Summary

  • Locations: Niagara University Doris W. Jones Family Resource Center, Niagara Falls, N.Y.; and Niagara University, St. Vincent's Hall.
  • Sessions: 19
  • Student Volunteers: 54
  • Volunteer Hours (excluding faculty): 630
  • Federal Returns E-filed: 453
  • State Returns E-filed: 441
  • Total Federal Tax Refunds: $520,942
  • Total State Tax Refunds: $112,164