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Franklin University Announces Fifth Year of Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program

Columbus, OH (January 22, 2018)

Franklin University, a leader in educating working adults, is proud to announce its continued participation in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program. Now in its fifth year of participation, Franklin will again serve as site host and provide staffing to help individuals with household incomes up to $65,000, persons with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers in the central Ohio community prepare their tax returns.

Through this United Way sponsored effort, during last year’s tax season, the Franklin University VITA program assisted 153 clients and successfully helped those clients claim $161,000 in Federal and $21,600 in state tax refunds, and an estimated $60,000 in preparation fees!

As part of the 2018 VITA effort, on Friday, Feb. 2, Fifth Third bank will be on site with an E-money bus to provide a mobile banking center. The E-bus provides clients with resources related to opening checking/savings accounts, credit reporting, financial counseling, etc. The bus will be on campus from 8:30 am to 2 p.m. just outside the VITA Franklin site in the Philips Hall parking lot to serve the clients.

Helping with this year’s involvement, the University is proud to have Annette Hoelzer, accounting adjunct faculty, serve as site director for the Franklin VITA site. Volunteers are Franklin’s undergraduate and graduate students across majors and disciplines. Franklin student volunteers and participation oversight will be provided by Dr. Martina Peng, Department Chair of the Accounting, Finance and Economics in the Ross College of Business.​

The Franklin University VITA site is located at Phillips Hall, 303 S. Grant Ave, within the Franklin University Learning Commons. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., beginning Friday, Feb. 2 and every Friday thereafter until April 13.

Eligible candidates can call 2-1-1 or (614) 221-2255 to see if they qualify for this free tax preparation service or to make an appointment.


About Franklin University

Accredited, nonprofit and dedicated to educating adults since 1902, Franklin provides onsite course options at over 25 Midwest locations and is an innovator in providing personalized online education. The University offers applied in-demand undergraduate, master’s and doctorate programs that enable adult learners to achieve their educational and professional goals. The University also offers several academic programs internationally, including its top-ranked MBA, through agreements with partner institutions.

Franklin University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and holds specialized accreditations for specific academic programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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