Pitt Business students once again offering tax help

Pitt Business undergraduate students, for the 21st year, are ready to help qualified income taxpayers with their U.S. or international tax returns, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays through April 14.

The David Berg Center for Ethics and Leadership at the Katz Graduate School of Business is leading the collaboration with the College of Business Administration’s Beta Alpha Psi, the information professionals honor society.

Together, they are partnering with the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania to provide free assistance for the completion of 2022 tax returns and past returns from tax years 2019 to 2021, if needed. Qualified taxpayers include those with incomes under $57,000 per year. University students, employees and area residents are encouraged to schedule an appointment.

The tax help sessions will be held at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, JCEC Room on 2nd floor. Schedule by calling 2-1-1 or visiting pa211sw.org.

Since 2002, about 30 to 40 Pitt Business students have volunteered yearly to support the Volunteer Tax Assistance Program (VITA), an IRS initiative to help the underserved through various partner organizations. In 2022, Pitt Business students generated over $400,000 in refunds to taxpayers, bringing the cumulative refunds to taxpayers since the start of the Oakland site to more than $1 million.

This volunteer effort “challenges students to consider the impact of taxation while gaining experience working with individuals and families from the community,” said Jocelyn Carlin, the academic director of the VITA program and Pitt clinical associate professor of business administration.