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College of Business

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 on the Minot State University campus.

When is the tax clinic open?

Coming soon

Our last client appointment of each shift is 6:45 p.m. Please note that VITA volunteers will only be at this location during the specified dates and times. Also 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. We will not accept walk-ins. Beginning February 5, 2013 you may call 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.

When should I call to schedule my appointment?

Call days and times are:
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday and Fridays 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

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

March 17 - 21

Also, the phones will not be answered if the university is closed due to inclement weather.

Please do not schedule an appointment until you have received all of your required documentation and be sure to have it handy when calling to make an appointment.

Where do I park during my appointment time?

After 4:30 p.m., you may park in the E lot which is located in front of Old Main. A parking permit is not required during our hours of operation, but parking tickets will be issued up to 4:30 p.m. daily. (These tickets are turned over to the City of Minot if remain unpaid).

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

Generally, your return will be electronically filed 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, or other errors made by the client or the preparer. Be sure to confirm these items before coming to the site.

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

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