For more than 30 years, Penn State Law students have provided free tax preparation services to people with low and fixed incomes, people who have disabilities or special needs, and senior citizens aged 60 or older through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program sponsored by the IRS. All student volunteers are certified by the IRS and are trained to identify taxpayer eligibility for certain tax credits.
Although VITA is staffed by students, it is organized and supervised by Professor William Barker, a full-time faculty member who is responsible for training and the overall quality of the program. Since 2003, student volunteers have prepared nearly 5,000 federal, state and local tax returns for taxpayers. Most returns are e-filed by VITA.