Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

Please note that although training and work in this program during the 2020-21 school year will not take place through a Winter Study course, students can fulfill the Political Economy major experiential requirement through participation in the remote version of the program. For more information, contact either Professor Sara Lalumia or Program Administrator Dr. Paula Consolini for more information.

Both a Winter Study course (ECON 22/POEC 22) pioneered by Professor Lucie Schmidt and a community service program (Purple Valley VITA) this initiative provides low-income taxpayers free filing assistance.  IRS-certified student volunteers, who train through the winter study course, help local clients retrieve over $250,000 annually in federal and state tax refunds. For more information, contact VITA program administrator and CLiA Director Paula Consolini at [email protected] and visit learning-in-action.williams.edu/courses-teaching/volunteer-income-tax-assistance-program.