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How to Volunteer

To volunteer for this clinic, you will need to register for FHCE 4235S (undergraduate) or FHCE 6235S (graduate) which are both 3 credit hours and take place each Spring semester. You will participate in a lab in which you’ll interact with clients and prepare their taxes both in person and virtually. In addition, you will meet once a week for class to participate in trainings, discuss cases, and learn the best tax preparation and planning practices. 

Required Prerequisite 

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

Spring 2021 Class Times

FHCE 4235S (Undergraduate): Monday 12:40 pm-1:30 pm

FHCE 6235S (Graduate): Tuesday 12:45 pm-2:00 pm

NOTE: All VITA activities will follow UGA COVID-19 guidelines. 

In-person VITA Lab (Location: Georgia United Credit Union)

  • Tuesday: 5:10 pm-9:25 pm
  • Saturday: 8:45 am-1:00 pm

Remote VITA Lab (Location: Online Zoom Meeting)

  • Wednesday: 5:10 pm-9:25 pm
  • Thursday: 5:10 pm-9:25 pm

Virtual VITA Lab (Location: Charles Schwab Financial Planning Center)

  • Monday and Wednesday: 10:20 am-12:15 pm
  • Monday and Wednesday: 3:00 pm-4:55 pm
  • Tuesday and Thursday: 9:35 am-11:35 am
  • Tuesday and Thursday: 2:20 pm-4:20 pm
  • Friday: 9:10 am-1:15 pm
  • Friday: 1:50 pm-5:55 pm

Meet the UGA VITA Team

Lance Palmer

Lance Palmer

Lance has coordinated UGA VITA for over ten years and teaches the weekly VITA class as well as the prerequisite, FHCE 4230/6230. Lance also leads the in-person VITA sessions at Georgia United Credit Union.

Joan Koonce

Joan Koonce

Joan provides leadership to UGA Virtual VITA by training Cooperative Extension agents, connecting agents with student tax preparers, assisting agents with taxpayers’ questions, and teaching and supervising virtual sessions.

Faith Rasmussen

Faith Rasmussen

Faith helps coordinate UGA VITA program operations, assists with fundraising activities, and serves as lead communication liaison with the IRS.

Ben Jacobs

Ben Jacobs

Ben has worked with the UGA VITA program for four years and teaches the undergraduate section of the weekly VITA class. Ben also supervises in-person VITA sessions at Georgia United Credit Union.

Grace Jafojo

Grace Jafojo

Grace will assist with the management of UGA VITA operations as a graduate student site coordinator for tax season 2021. Grace is excited to work with UGA VITA because of the incredible impact the program has on the community.

Maddy Bradley

Maddy Bradley

Maddy will assist with the management of UGA VITA operations as a graduate student site coordinator for tax season 2021. Maddy is excited to work with UGA VITA because it allows her to get involved in the community while using the strengths and knowledge she's gained from her accounting degree.

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