VITA program lauded by IRS

The Blackhawk Technical College income tax service – the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program – has once again been recognized by the Internal Revenue Service.

The IRS has commended the BTC program for an error rejection rate of just .7 percent, one of the lowest in the St. Paul, Minn., territory, according to a letter to BTC from the IRS. Wisconsin is part of the territory managed by the St. Paul office.

The program, recently recognized by the IRS for its 20 years of public service to the Rock County community, serves low-income families and the elderly in the BTC area who seek assistance in preparing returns.

BTC accounting instructor Kay Fratianne, involved with the program for 19 years, enlists second-year accounting students to prepare returns. Fratianne, a certified public accountant, then reviews each return prior to the client signing.

The accounting students participating in the VITA program are trained in tax preparation and use electronic tax filing software to process tax return information to the IRS.

Services are limited to common filing requirements and not all tax situations qualify for the VITA services. Client information is handled in a confidential and professional manner.  

Appointments for the upcoming tax year will be on Tuesdays starting February 4 and continuing until April 1.  Appointment times will be from 1:00 to 3:15 p.m.