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Tax Assistance from UMN Crookston Business Students

By Cassandra Morthera on
Thursday, February 21, 2019

Starting on Tuesday, February 19, 2019, through Friday, April 5, 2019, the University of Minnesota Crookston business department will be providing volunteer income tax assistance (VITA) to low-income households in Crookston and the region. The program is also open to college students.

The following is information that may be helpful regarding the VITA program. VITA Students

VITA Office Location: Dowell Hall 117

Vita Office Phone Number: 218-281-8595

  • Clients can use this number to call for appointments
  • The number has voice mail for clients to leave a message
  • Students will check voice mail messages daily 

VITA Hours of Operation:

  • Monday - 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday - 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday - 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday - 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday - 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
  • Excludes Spring Break Week (March 18 - 22)

The tax preparation service, will be provided by students enrolled in the ACCT 4420 Income Tax Preparation course. While students prepare the income tax returns, two faculty members (Barry Stephens and Kara Bowen) quality check the documents to ensure they are accurate.

If you have any additional questions about the VITA program, you can call Jana Brekken at 8176.

About UMN Crookston

One of five campuses that comprise the University of Minnesota System, the University of Minnesota Crookston now delivers 35 bachelor's degree programs and 25 minors on campus as well as 16 degree programs entirely online. These degrees are offered in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology. With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from more than 20 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree. Visit

About UMN

The University of Minnesota System, with campuses in Crookston, Duluth, Morris, Rochester, and the Twin Cities, is driven by a singular vision of excellence. We are proud of our land-grant mission of world-class education, groundbreaking research, and community-engaged outreach, and we are unified in our drive to serve Minnesota.

In the photograph (from left to right):

UMN Crookston students Melida Argueta, Tori Hill, and Peter Park


Cassandra Morthera

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