HIGH POINT, N.C., March 19, 2010 ? Two High Point University juniors are helping to give back to the community during this tax season, thanks to the Voluntary Income Tax Assistance program (VITA).
The students, Ashley Johnson and Tiffani Shimp, both accounting majors in the Phillips School of Business, will contribute around 50 hours of assistance to needy residents of Guilford County as part of the program ? which they learned about through the United Way.
?Volunteering for VITA is a very rewarding experience,? Johnson says. ?Not only am I learning more about my profession, but I also get to help people who can?t afford to get their taxes done. Seeing the faces of the clients when they hear they are getting back a refund is so rewarding. They are so thankful and appreciative of our services.?
Johnson adds that VITA completed more than 300 tax returns; this year, the group is aiming for 500.
Shimp says they hope to complete the intermediate VITA certification before the 2011 tax season in order to work with more complicated tax returns next year.
?The experience Ashley and Tiffani are getting with their participation in the VITA program is extraordinary from both a technical and a professional viewpoint,? says George Noxon, chair of the Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics in the Phillips School of Business.
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