Harris-Stowe State University will once again offer its Voluntary Income Tax Assistance (VITA) free tax preparation service through April 7, 2016. This is the ninth year the university has provided this service; however there will be no service available during the University’s Spring Break the week of March 7.
The tax service uniquely caters to individuals and families, the elderly and low-to-moderate income households. To qualify for the service, the individual’s income level should not exceed $58,000 and persons should be wage earners, not self-employed. Under the supervision of Dr. Owolabi Tiamiyu, CPA, Accounting instructors at Harris-Stowe, Certified Public Accountants and certified volunteers will assist clients. Electronic filing and direct deposit are available.
“This service is invaluable to the clients we assist. By conservative estimates, the VITA program has benefited the community by providing $500,000 in free services annually,” said Dr. Fatemeh Zakery, Dean of the Anheuser-Busch School of Business at Harris-Stowe. “For the past eight years that Dr. Tiamiyu has served as the coordinator for the VITA program, he has helped transfer valuable skills and confidence to our students while they gain real world experience.”
Dr. Tiamiyu has been a full-time assistant professor of Accounting at Harris-Stowe State University since August 2009 and serves as chair for the Accounting department in the Anheuser-Busch School of Business. Prior to that, he trained as an Audit Staffer with Price Waterhouse and served as a Bank Examiner with Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.
Known to students and faculty alike at simply, Dr. T., Tiamiyu serves as president of the Faculty Senate and for the past five years he has volunteered to teach an Introduction to Accounting class to area high school students as part of Accounting Careers Awareness Program (ACAP) each summer.
The Harris-Stowe VITA tax preparation service is extended to the community by the Accounting department of the Anheuser-Busch School of Business and the Accounting Students Association at Harris-Stowe, in collaboration with Metro-St. Louis Community Tax Coalition.
To participate, please bring a valid picture ID, Social Security cards for all family members, a copy of a check for direct deposit and statements of income, including W-2s, 1099s, unemployment, social security income, supplemental security income and veterans benefit information. Also bring information relating to deductions, such as rental receipts/property tax paid, receipts for circuit breakers and proof of daycare expenses.
The free tax service is offered to walk-ins only (no reservations) from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Henry Givens Administration Building, Room 114 on the Harris-Stowe State University campus at 3026 Laclede Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63103.