Nearly 50 AUWCL Students Participate in Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program

This spring, nearly 50 American University Washington College of Law student volunteers participated in a pro bono project preparing tax returns for low-income taxpayers throughout the District of Columbia, Montgomery County, Maryland, and Northern Virginia.

This project is spearheaded each year by the law school's Janet R. Spragens Tax Clinic students, in conjunction with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

Student volunteers complete 12 hours of training and certification before preparing taxes at their respective volunteer sites. On average, students commit to volunteering 20 hours during the spring semester. This year's project was coordinated by third-year student Michelle Ramos Domingue.

“Out of the AUWCL pro bono programs I have participated in, VITA has been the most rewarding,” said Brendan Valentine, a third year law student and VITA volunteer (pictured above). “VITA is a program that fits naturally with AUWCL students and our commitment to public service and it is a program I am very proud to be a part of.”

Students also volunteered in tax outreach programs with the Office of Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton.