Volunteer’s in College of Western Idaho’s (CWI) annual Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) completed more than 200 tax returns for the 2018 tax season saving tax payers nearly $50,000 based on the average return rate calculated by the Internal Revenue Service. The program, coordinated by Associate Professor, Joe Welker, and Assistant Professor, Michel Boldt, helped students and members of the community file their income taxes at no charge.
“This year was a unique and challenging year for our students,” said Welker. “Two major factors contributed to do this challenge. The first was the major changes in the tax code. Second, some of the contributing partners shut down their VITA sites, adding tax returns to CWI’s locations.”
Thank you to this year’s program volunteers which included students from the College’s Business and Bookkeeping programs as well as alumni.