Community Council Announcements

Williams High Accounting Students Offer Free Tax Prep through VITA Program


The Williams High School Accounting Department and Academy of Finance have professional tax volunteers ready to assist community members with tax filings. Individuals earning less than $54,000 during 2016 are eligible for the free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) service provided by IRS-trained and certified volunteer preparers. This opportunity is by appointment only.  Visit to schedule an appointment. Appointment dates for Williams High assistance include:

February 22
March 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29

4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Williams High School
Room 227
1307 South Church Street
Burlington, NC

336 570-6161


Thirty student volunteers at Williams High are supervised by teacher Mary Margaret Harris and certified by the IRS VITA program.  All students have successfully completed Accounting 1 and/or Accounting 2 or enrolled in Accounting 2. Students in Accounting 2 Honors classes receive credit toward their Honors Project. Academy of Finance students receive volunteer hours for their participation in the program. Several students plan to pursue careers in Accounting and VITA has been integral in helping them make the decision and plans for career preparedness. This is the fourth year recently that Williams High students have been certified and offered the program to the community.  Last year, students prepared more than 100 tax returns and earned $65,000 in state and federal refunds for their clients.