Prof Roxanne Spindle will be presenting a Berglund Seminar on how to help underserved populations during tax season. Prof Spindle teaches a service learning class in which students can provide this assistance to the community and earn course credit. Below is the syllabus for her class.
ACCT -291 Tax Volunteering in the Community
A service learning course
Instructor: Roxanne M. Spindle
Office: Snead Hall B2210
Box 4000 Zip Code 23284-4000
Telephone: Office: 828-7113; Home: 739-7415
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Fax: 828-8884
Office Hours: M-W 2:15 to 5:15. Or call and we’ll work something out. Note that
I usually stay after class for a while
TO REGISTER GO TO: go.vcu.edu/acct291
WHO: ANY VCU student with desire to interact in a professional way with local community.
WHAT: Two or three credit service learning course focusing on tax return preparation for low income filers and international students.
VCU Statement of Service-Learning: Service-learning at Virginia Commonwealth University is a course-based, credit-bearing educational experience in which students participate in an organized service activity that meets community-identified needs. Students reflect on the service activity to increase understanding and application of course content and to enhance a sense of civic responsibility.
WHY: Get practical experience, build your resume, and give back to the community.
HOW: Participants will receive technical training on applicable tax law, take mandatory IRS certification exam, and compete 25 (two credit) or 40 (three credit) hours (50 minute, like class) of volunteer work. The grade is assigned on a pass/fail basis. A passing grade will be awarded for satisfactory completion of the IRS certification, reflection activities and completion of the volunteer hours.
WHEN: Spring 2013 semester.
Mandatory meeting dates: Sat, January 17, 2014 9 AM – 3 PM
Sat, January 24, 2014 9 AM – 3 PM
Sat, March 1, 2014 9 AM -1 PM
Sat, April 19, 2014 9 AM -11 AM
Additional optional meeting dates Sat, February 1, 2014 9 AM – 3 PM
(For anyone who has not completed the test and needs individual help)
Class time will be spent interacting with community leaders, learning tax law, completing required tests, and reflecting on the volunteer experience.
The March 1 date will cover the special rules relating to internation student’s taxes.
Service component consists of 19 (30 for three credit version) hours working at domestic VITA site and six (10 for three credit version) hours working at VCU helping international students with required filings.
Domestic VITA options: (This will be determined as soon as the VITA sites set dates and times). There are always Saturday time and some sites have day hours during the week and others have week night hours. There is one site on the bus line that runs close to VCU. Others will require you to have transportation.
International VITA options: One session (1 and 1/2 for the three credit version). most likely on Saturday starting after spring break Held at Snead Hall in B2165.
Text Book: None required. All materials are provided and testing is at IRS web site.
Reflection Activity: Students will post three blogs of their experience with clients that address challenges and successes in their personal and professional growth, their perceived value of the service provided to the client, and their perceived degree of success in meeting the goals of the VITA program. (These must be general observations that protect the privacy of the clients.) On the mandatory meeting on April 19, students will compare and discuss their experiences.