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Accounting students to offer tax help through Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program

ISSUED: 6 December 2019
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — Shepherd University is registered as a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program site and will participate in the Eastern Panhandle EITC Coalition program. Operating under the umbrella of MountainHeart Community Services, Inc. and sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service, this nationwide program helps those with disabilities, limited incomes, and limited English speaking skills with free tax preparation.

For the 2019 tax season, more than 15 accounting students and faculty will help taxpayers take advantage of special tax credits for which they may qualify such as the earned income tax credit or child tax credit.

“Our students will not only have an opportunity to provide a much-needed service to our communities, but will also be able to gain valuable real-life tax preparation skills,” said Dr. Cindy Vance, chair of the accounting department, who along with Al Weidinger, assistant professor of accounting, led the effort to get Shepherd involved with VITA.

For more information, contact Weidinger at

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