Gonzaga Students Help Generate $1 Million in Tax Refunds
For the fourth
consecutive year, Gonzaga University accounting and economics students working
with the IRS and United Way have helped generate more than $1 million in refunds
through their free income tax return preparation efforts for low- and
middle-income Spokane residents. Students from Eastern Washington University
and Whitworth University joined the efforts.
The United Way’s
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site, which was staffed by 70
IRS-certified student volunteers from Gonzaga along with nine from EWU and
eight from Whitworth, filed 793 electronic and paper returns and generated
$1.09 million in total refunds, said Andrew Brajcich, Gonzaga assistant professor
effort included more than 851 hours of volunteer service by GU students. Gonzaga
students who deserve special recognition for their extra work include: Cole
Garcia, Molly Steilen, Carter Padgham, and Divin Kanyama, Brajcich said.
“Thanks to all of
our student volunteers,” Brajcich said.
Gonzaga students the opportunity to implement many of the concepts they learn
in class while providing a community service. Many VITA clients would have had
difficulty obtaining much-needed refunds if such services were not offered. To
volunteer, Gonzaga students attended two full days of training over a holiday
weekend and then passed a certification exam.
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