SUGAR GROVE—This tax season, Waubonsee Community College’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program was able to return more than $1.3 million to the local economy. That total came in the form of tax refunds and credits for the more than 700 low- to moderate-income clients the program served. In total, more than 1,500 returns were filed, including 2010 federal and state returns, as well as returns from past years and amended returns.
The college hosted free tax assistance sessions at its Aurora Campus on Wednesdays and Saturdays from January to April. The site was staffed by more than 40 community volunteers, along with 13 students from the college’s “VITA Program: Tax Procedure and Practice” accounting class.
Student tax preparers included Jesus Corral-Moreno and Glenn Long, of Aurora; Karen Downey and Beth Snyder, of Elburn; Patricia Eldridge, of Naperville; Mary Howe, Mei Yi Lam, and Jerri Powell, of Oswego; Susan Malmborg, of DeKalb; Monica Mathiasen, of Sycamore; Brian Pircon, of Batavia; Edith Turner, of Plainfield; and Amy Tweet, of Plano.
Waubonsee partners with the Center for Economic Progress as part of that organization’s Tax Counseling Project. Waubonsee Associate Professor of Accounting and Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Dan Gibbons, of Sycamore, supervised the site and has provided leadership and direction for the VITA program since the college began participating in 2004.