Low-income families can get help preparing their taxes from Wingate students this year, as part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program.
This service is provided through the Union County Department of Social Services. Students Elizabeth Underwood and Tamara Burke meet with taxpayers and prepare and file their returns electronically.
Both seniors are business majors at Wingate. They studied beforehand and had to pass basic and intermediate tests before beginning their internships.
“There’s a lot to know,” Burke, an accounting major, said. “It’s really exciting, and our clients are appreciative.”
The internships conclude at the end of tax season on April 18.
Their professor, Robert Threatt, said internships benefit his students by helping them learn how to interact with people while gaining experience filling out returns. Both students will graduate in May and go on to graduate programs in accounting. Underwood plans to enroll in Wingate’s new Master of Accounting program.