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Taxes! Think you might be interested?

Think you might be interested in helping either prepare taxes, conduct intake/interviews and be a part of an amazing team of volunteers?  Join Professor Wallace and Pam Robinson for a Q and A Session on January 19 at 1:30 on ZOOM (Log in information below)

VITA ( Volunteer Income Tax Preparation) will take place on Sat. from 9-12 for Intake/Interviews and virtually for preparers. There is a requirement for certification. Details and links will be discussed and provided during the Jan. 19th gathering. See you then



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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Sign up now!

Following a 20 year tradition, this year will be different but we still will prepare and file state and federal tax returns for low income people.  VITA is the IRS program we implement. Plans are being made to do things differently this year! A more virtual process with an in person intake! Details and instructions are being worked out now but in the meantime you can get certified.

Good old-fashioned copies of the training resource material have arrived.  There are two levels of certification- Intake/interviewer and preparer.  All information and the tests are online.  Note; the 2020 certification tests will be available very soon!

How do you get started? Contact the Pro Bono Program today to be placed on the distribution list and to receive the certification link!

Even if you have no interest in becoming a tax lawyer, you will be interviewing clients and this year more than ever, interviewing and problem solving will be key!Pet Food Drive Flyer

Applause for our Super Sat. tax team

Early Sat morning this amazing group of law students and professors gathered to conduct intake interviews for 89 clients at the Annual Super Sat Day. Thanks to all: Note:Jonathan  Boains  managed  to  escape  a  photo  but  he  was  working  hard

Taxes, taxes, taxes

No one wants to talk about them, pay them or even think about the consequences but the Pro Bono Program embraces our role in helping low income taxpayers file their 2019 tax returns. The only way we can provide this service is with the help of an amazing tax team!  Our tax team includes volunteer law students ( and lawyers) who are certified to either prepare the return or conduct the intake interview.

FAQ- do I need to get certified right now? No, the winter break is the perfect time to slog through the material, prepare, and take the online certification test.

FAQ- will I get any help with getting certified? Yes, we have hard and online copies of an amazing resource guide.  There is also an online version of TaxSlayer, the software we will use to prepare and file returns, that you will use to complete the test questions.

FAQ- when will we prepare returns?  We will not start until Feb 15 and will work as a team each Sat. from 9-12 and each Wed from 5-8pm until the end of March.  The Cafe will be our team home!

Tax season is coming

“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” – Benjamin Franklin

We can do something about taxes!  We can prepare and file federal and state tax returns for low income people in our community.  For over 20 years the USC School of Law Pro Bono Program has had a team of VITA ( Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) members who have stepped up and helped.

To become a part of this team, you must be certified by the IRS. The good news is that they provide excellent training material. The printed material has arrived in the Pro Bono Program Office.  Drop by, pick it up, put it away until after exams and in your spare time you can review and take the online exam.  When you return in Jan. you will be ready but the good news continues- we do not start preparing returns until Feb.  A sign up will be available for you to help on either Wed evenings or Sat mornings.

More good news! This is a team effort, we all work together to solve any problems that arise.  Did you know that Professor Clint Wallace is one of our volunteers? If he can do it so can you!

Questions? Contact the Pro Bono Program Room 386 or

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