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Motlow State Community College
P.O. Box 8500
Lynchburg, TN 37352-8500
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Motlow Students Volunteer for VITA Program

April 6, 2011

Motlow Students voluteer for the VITA programThe Internal Revenue Services' Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) offers free help for people in the low-to-moderate income range. Volunteers for the program have to be trained and certified by passing a basic exam provided by the IRS. Three Motlow accounting students, Christian McKinney and Alice Campbell of the Moore County campus and Angela Thomas of the Fayetteville Center, met those requirements. They recently donated their time and knowledge to help members of the community who qualified for the program complete their 2010 federal tax returns free of charge.

Susan Arrick of Fayetteville, with the South Central Human Resource Agency (SCHRA), was the coordinator of the program and Dr. Ward Harder, an accounting professor was the organizer at Motlow. During the four Thursday nights in March, the student volunteers prepared over 30 free tax returns at Motlow's Moore County campus.

Harder said, "These students helped a segment of the community who needed that assistance and we had many positive comments about their help." He added, "Christian McKinney went on to pass the intermediate exam which is the next level of assistance offered by the IRS."

According to Harder, this is the second year Motlow students have been involved with the program and it grew significantly this year. He said he hopes it continues to grow and they can reach out to more people in the community. Visit the College's website at <www.mscc.edu> to learn more about this as well as other programs offered at Motlow.