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California College San Diego VITA Program Reflection Paper

California College San Diego

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Reflection paper 4 pages , USA words and grammar , it's about what you learn and what you suggest for the future event etc..

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Running head: PERSONAL REFLECTION ON VITA PROGRAM

Personal Reflection On VITA Program
Student’s Name
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PERSONAL REFLECTION ON VITA PROGRAM

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Personal Reflection on VITA Program
During the Spring of 2020, I had an opportunity to participate in the Voluntary Income
Tax Assistance (VITA) program, and the experience was valuable to my accounting education
and future career. The tax program was sponsored by the IRS to offer free tax assistance to
persons with low to medium incomes, people with disabilities, senior citizens, and Native
Americans across the country (Make a Difference, Become a Community Tax Volunteer |
Internal Revenue Service", n.d.). The experience was fulfilling since it provided me with an
excellent opportunity to interact, build relationships, and help people from diverse backgrounds
to file income tax returns. During the first two weeks of the semester, we met at school and
prepared for the exercise by completing a sequence of self –study units. IRS had provided the
training materials, which included tax rules, a summary of compliance matters, and training
procedures for volunteers. A significant part of the preparation process was learning how to use a
software program called Taxwise. Most of the volunteers lacked prior experience in using this
tax preparation software because it was quite complicated, but the help of our supervisors came
in handy.
Our VITA center was at the school library. We wore our name identifications that
included a word ID, IRS name badge, and AARP name badge to reveal our identity to the
taxpayers we were to help. Our participation was scheduled and approved by the VITA center
coordinator, who ensured that we completed at least three to five hours per week. The process of
filing income tax was slightly complex. Using Form 13614-C, each volunteer engaged with
taxpayers in preparing an accurate return. With the combination of other source documents
provided by the taxpayer, I helped clients fill the form and then filed the income returns.

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The standard procedure at the center was that a taxpayer would visit during the walk-in
episodes, and I would sit at the desk interview the client as I filed tax returns. During the first
week, I experienced some level of discomfort since I had never encountered tax clients face to
face dealing with real economic situations. The greatest source of anxiety was helping clients
with complex cases such as preparing state income returns. However, the help of my supervisor
ensured that I established an applicable level of expertise and professionalism to file tax returns
correctly and competently. Additionally, our work was reviewed by the VITA coordinator before
it was conveyed to the IRS for processing
Upon the completion of the program, I learned that the participating in voluntary tax
assistance fostered my intellectual development in individual taxation. First, the training
materials that had been supplied by the IRS reinforced my earlier knowledge gained in the tax
course. I also learned vital tax regulations and requirements because the self-study units provided
by the IRS covered var...

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