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  •  
      • Comprehensive High School
      • Suburb of Buffalo, NY
      • 2100 students
      • 3 Career Academies (1 NAF)
      • 3 RD Year AOF
    Lancaster High School Lancaster, NY (Buffalo)
  • OUR GOAL IS TO DEMONSTRATE HOW YOU CAN:
    • Give back to your community
    • Get business partners involved
    • Enhance your AOF curriculum
    VITA Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
    • Give back to your community
      • NO tax preparation fees
        • Average savings of $100-$200
      • EITC (Earned Income Tax Credit)
        • Unclaimed by many low-income earners
      • Increased Tax Filing
        • Reduces the fear and uncertainty
    WHAT IS VITA?
    • Get your business partners involved
      • Lancaster-Depew Federal Credit Union
        • Site Administrator
          • Verifies all returns prior to e-file
        • Significantly reduces the administrative function for teachers and school administrators
        • Relieves district of liability
    WHAT IS VITA?
    • Enhance your AOF curriculum
      • Students learn tax law in AOF: Accounting (Grade 11)
      • Students become certified IRS volunteer tax preparers
        • No liability risk since students are IRS volunteers
    WHAT IS VITA?
  • Student Produced Video 1) Consider how you can start VITA in your community. 2) What outreach programs can be used to effectively market VITA? 3) What methods can be used to improve student problem solving skills?
  • GOALS & NEEDS GOAL: Taxpayers to file and get EITC NEEDS:Volunteer Tax Prep Locations GOAL: Relevant PBL for students NEEDS:Volunteer Preparers GOAL: Provide VITA location NEEDS: VITA site manager
  • WIN, WIN, WIN Taxpayers file & receive EITC Volunteer preparers and Relevant PBL VITA location SITE MANAGER
  • Average Household Earnings $14,901 Lancaster Residents assisted by VITA for 2006 (2005 taxes) 39 Super Saturday Taxpayers
  • Average Household Earnings $16,066 Lancaster Residents assisted by VITA for 2007 (2006 taxes) 87 Super Saturday Taxpayers
    • Preparation
      • Student Instruction (Link & Learn)
    • Marketing
      • Media, Flyers, Posters
    • Tax Day “Super Saturday”
      • Community Tax Preparation
    • Auditing and Reflection
      • IRS submission
    PROJECT ELEMENTS
    • AOF: Accounting
      • Tax Law
        • www.irs.gov
      • “ link & learn”
    CLASSROOM INSTRUCTION
    • Target: Students
        • In-school announcements, flyers
    • Target: Community at large
        • Press Releases, chamber of commerce mailing, advisory board flyers
    • Target: Low Income residents
        • Door Hangers, community center flyers
    MARKETING VITA
    • Flyers (click for more)
            • Student Produced Video
    • Local News stations
            • Local Businesses
    • Posters (click for more)
    • IDEAS?
    MARKETING VITA
    • High School “ Super Saturday ”
    • Credit Union
      • After School Hours
    • Community Center
      • Low-income area of Buffalo, NY
    TAX DAY “Super Saturday” Click for more
    • Site Manager
      • Auditing Process (Verify)
      • E-file submission
    • Students
      • Reflection Journals
    AUDITING & REFLECTION
    • Necessary, relevant skill
    • Interacted with Adults in a leadership/assistance role
    • Community volunteerism
    • Interdisciplinary, multi-class project
    • Board of Education and IRS recognition
    PROJECT SUCCESSES
    • Advisory Board Participation
    • Positive Economic Impact on Community
    • Positive publicity
    PROJECT SUCCESSES
    • Getting word out to taxpayers
    • Software integration to network
    • Initial student “buy-in”
    • Taxpayers with incomplete or complicated information
    • Initial alignment of curriculum
    • Verifying student volunteer hours
    PROJECT CHALLENGES
    • Availability of teacher training
    • Non-participation by advisory board members that complete taxes as part of their business
    • Questions of reliability and confidentiality due to students’ age
    PROJECT OBSTACLES
    • Connect to established VITA sites. Offer students as volunteers
      • Regional IRS VITA representatives
    • Logistics of going it alone
    • Logistics of partnering the school and credit union
    HOW TO GET STARTED
  • QUESTIONS/COMMENTS 1) Consider how you can start VITA in your community. 2) What outreach programs can be used to effectively market VITA? 3) What methods can be used to improve student problem solving skills? 4) Questions/comments
    • Academic Rigor
    • Authenticity
    • Active Exploration
    • Applied Learning
    • Adult Relationships
    • Assessment Practices
    SIX A’S OF PBL Students combine marketing, customer service, economics and accounting
    • Academic Rigor
    • Authenticity
    • Active Exploration
    • Applied Learning
    • Adult Relationships
    • Assessment Practices
    SIX A’S OF PBL Students make a positive economic impact for the community by taking a leadership role with adults.
    • Academic Rigor
    • Authenticity
    • Active Exploration
    • Applied Learning
    • Adult Relationships
    • Assessment Practices
    SIX A’S OF PBL Students become certified by the IRS, volunteer in low-income community centers and regularly present the program to the community.
    • Academic Rigor
    • Authenticity
    • Active Exploration
    • Applied Learning
    • Adult Relationships
    • Assessment Practices
    SIX A’S OF PBL Students prepare themselves for a lifetime of tax preparation and use teamwork, problem solving skills, effective communication, time management and customer service skills.
    • Academic Rigor
    • Authenticity
    • Active Exploration
    • Applied Learning
    • Adult Relationships
    • Assessment Practices
    SIX A’S OF PBL Students are held to the same standards as adult volunteer preparers. Not only do students work with adults, they assist adults.
    • Academic Rigor
    • Authenticity
    • Active Exploration
    • Applied Learning
    • Adult Relationships
    • Assessment Practices
    SIX A’S OF PBL Students are held to the same standards as adult volunteer preparers and therefore understand that they are being held to real world standards.
  • Announcements
  • Posters
  • Forms Intake
  • Tax Preparation
  • Fun too !
  • Contact Information www.lancasterschools.org/finance_academy Scott Dixon (AOF Director) [email_address] Lynn Fisher (VITA Coordinator) [email_address] Ann Sweeney (Lancaster-Depew FCU) [email_address]