AB & the Rural Innovation Center offer Income Tax Assistance

In partnership with their Rural Innovation Center, Alderson Broaddus University offers free tax preparation assistance to qualifying community members.

Known as the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), the program utilizes upper-level Accounting majors from Alderson Broaddus University that have been IRS-certified to provide free, basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.

“Alderson Broaddus University and the Rural Innovation Center in Philippi are proud to offer this service that will benefit a significant number of residents of Barbour County and the surrounding communities,” explains Dr. Drew Ciccarello, Director of the Rural Innovation Center and Dean of the College of Business at AB University. “With ever-changing tax rules and regulations, many people are unsure about how to complete their taxes accurately, and those eligible for tax refunds would like them as quickly as possible. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program provides both of these services – tax preparation and online filing services – free of charge. As an added benefit, it also serves to provide our students with a “real-life” opportunity to apply what they have learned and provide a valuable service to the community.”

To qualify for this program, individuals must meet at least one of the following requirements:

  • Earn a moderate income of $54,000 a year or less.
  • Be disabled.
  • Not speak English well.
  • Be a senior citizen.

Designed to serve working adults, student teams will meet with community clients on a day and time that is convenient – day, evening, or weekend. An appointment is required and meetings will be conducted at AB’s new Rural Innovation Center located at 80 North Main Street in Philippi. Reservations can be made by calling Betsy McComas, CPA, at 304.457.6499 or emailing johnsoneh@ab.edu.