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VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance)

What is VITA?

VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) is an IRS-sponsored program which provides income tax preparation services free of charge to our community.

Who qualifies for VITA?

Who will be preparing my tax returns?

Fully-trained MSU accounting students.

What type of returns does VITA prepare?

The student-volunteers will be preparing federal and state returns for 2013 only. Volunteers will not prepare amended returns unless it is to correct errors that our volunteers have made at our site.

Where are we located?

Our tax clinic is located on the 3rd floor of Old Main, room 314 on the Minot State University campus.

When is the tax clinic open?

The MSU site will begin assisting clients on Monday, February 23rd. Our regular hours of operation are Mondays from 3:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Our last date to serve clients this season is Monday, March 30th, 2015.

Please note that VITA volunteers will only be at this location during the specified dates and times. Please do not attempt to visit the program volunteers at this location during any other time as no one will be there to assist you.

How do I make an appointment?

To serve you better, we will see clients only by appointment and will not accept any walk-ins. In order to make an appointment, you must call (701) 858-3122 during the times below.
Beginning on February 9th, 2015, you may call our Call Center (701) 858-3122 to schedule your appointment. If you reach our voicemail, a message will explain the times and dates a telephone operator will be present to take your appointment. Please do not leave messages on this number.
Please do not call to schedule an appointment until you have received all of your required documentation and be sure to have it handy when calling.

When should I call to schedule my appointment?

Call Center days and times are:
Monday: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Thursday: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Friday: 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

There will be no one available to answer the phone on the following dates:

The Call Center will be closed on February 16th, April 3rd, and April 6th and will also be closed during the week of March 16th.
If the University is closed due to inclement weather, the Call Center and VITA will also be closed. Be advised that if your appointment is cancelled, we may not be able to reschedule you for the season.

Where do I park during my appointment time?

If you are scheduling your appointment before 4:30 p.m., you will need to provide the Call Center with the make and model of your car and your license plate numbers. When you arrive, you must park in the visitor's parking spaces in front of Old Main (E Lot). When you arrive on site, on the 3rd floor of Old Main, you will be given a visitors pass which you will need to immediately place in your vehicle to avoid a parking ticket (These tickets are turned over to the City of Minot if remain unpaid).

For appointments after 4:30 p.m., you may park in the E lot without a permit.

You are required to bring the following documentation to your appointment:

Your return will be electronically filed (e-file) and if you are due a refund, you can expect to receive your refund within 2-3 weeks, provided your return is not rejected. Rejections occur because of incorrect social security numbers, incorrect birth dates, incorrect dependency status, attempting to claim yourself or a dependent that has already been claimed by someone else, or other errors made by the client or the preparer. You must know your dependency status before coming to the site.

If your return results in an amount due to the IRS and/or state(s) for the current year's return, you may e-file any time before the due date and you may wait until April 15th to pay the amount due.

Carla Cabarle, CPA
Assistant Professor
Department of Accounting and Finance
Director, MSU VITA program