The University of Georgia’s College of Family and Consumer Sciences is collaborating with Georgia United Credit Union and other non-profit agencies to provide Athens area residents with free income tax assistance. The VITA program is looking for future financial planners, accountants, and businesspeople who want to sharpen their tax knowledge, develop their client communication skills, build their resume, and make a measurable difference in the Athens community.  

To volunteer for this clinic, you will need to register for FHCE 4235S (undergraduate) or FHCE 6900 (graduate). The class will meet once a week to perform trainings, discuss cases, and teach the best tax preparation and planning practices. In addition to the class, you will participate in one lab per week. The lab will be the time you interact with clients and prepare their taxes. The lab will be off campus at either the Georgia United Credit Union Gaines School Road Location or the Downtown location of Action Ministries.

Prerequisites

You will need to have taken a class of federal income taxation. The University of Georgia courses that meet this criteria are HACE 4230/6230, FHCE 4230/6230, ACCT 5400/7400 or with instructor approval with past work experience.

What You Can Do To Get A Head Start

Before class begins in January, you will need to begin studying to become a Certified IRS Tax Preparer. We will be testing all of the students during the second week of class. To begin studying, you need to complete all of the basic and advanced modules. You may also take a tax preparer practice test.

Course Credit

For participating in the VITA Clinic, you will be able to register for the 3 credit hour FHCE 4235S (Undergraduate) or FHCE 6900 (Graduate).

Class Times

FHCE 4235S(Undergraduate)/6900 (Graduate)

Call Number

Time/Days

Professor

Building/Room

Class Size

27654

Monday 12:20P-1:10P

Tuesday 4:45P-9:00P

Palmer

Dawson 208

20

27655

Monday 12:20P-1:10P

Wednesday 4:45P-9:00P

Palmer

Dawson 208

20

27656

Monday 12:20P-1:10P

Thursday 4:45P-9:00P

Palmer

Dawson 208

12

27657

Monday 12:20P-1:10P

Saturday 8:45A-1:00P

Palmer

Dawson 208

12

Questions in regards to registration? Email Diane Costyn at dcostyn@uga.edu

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