Vita Certification

Vita Certification

HIGHLIGHTS FROM PRIOR GENERAL MEETING TAX SERVICES Main Audience: College students Graduate Students Residents of IV Low to Middle Income Bracket

Fee tax services to those who earn $50,000 or less W-2s IMPORTANT TAX SITE QUESTIONS 1. SHOULD I FILE EVEN IF I AM NOT REQUIRED TO? ANSWER: YES! SINGLE INDIVIDUALS: REQUIRED TO FILE IF EARN $9,500+ MOST STUDENTS EARN LESS THAN THIS.

WHY FILE? TAX AUTOMATICALLY WITHHELD FROM W-2S MANY TIMES, YOU PAY THE GOVT MORE THAN YOU OWE MOST LIKELY, CAN RECEIVE TAX REFUND FROM STATE WITHHOLDINGS ON W-2. UCSB VITA TAX SITE Start: Feb 3, 2012 Day: Every Sunday

Time: 1-5 PM Location: SRB 1 st Floor Computer Lab VITA CERTIFICATION CERTIFICATION: LINK & LEARN Create an account Organizations-VITA

Fill out your information https://www.linklearncertification.com/d/ LINK & LEARN: VITA Certification onlyhttp://apps.irs.gov/app/vita/04_student.jsp?level=basic TAXWISE: To prepare actual returns.

TAX WISE https://twonline.taxwise.com/training/User/Login.aspx ?ReturnUrl=/training / Youtube Video Client ID: 2728616 Username: Use your school email name Ex: [email protected]

Taxwise Username: jtong Password is your username the first time you log in Change password Always use GREEN background for training mode!!!!!! LINK & LEARN FAQ 1. Ho w m uch tim e do es it take to co mp le te the te st? Answer: Depends on the persons training and experience.

Basic: 45 minutes Intermediate: 1 hour Advanced: 45 minutes 2. What if I am un able to co mp le te an o nl in e te st i n o ne s es s io n? Answer: The online system will bookmark where you stop in an online test. When you log back into the online test it will show in progress for the test you were taking. Just click on that link to continue with the test.

3. What if I ne ed to ch an ge an a ns we r o n the o n lin e te s t? Answer: There is the back button so you can change your answer to a question. At the end of the test there will be a message display of answers and any questions that have not been answered. You will need to complete all questions and then hit the submit key. Q&A above obtained from Source: http://www.vita-volunteers.org

LINK & LEARN FAQ 4. What documentation can I obtain if I certify through the online test with Link & Learn Taxes? Answer: Once you successfully complete a test you can print a course certificate. 5. Is the Volunteer Agreement available in the online test? Answer: Yes, the Volunteer Agreement is available. Once you

successfully complete a test online you can print or save a copy of your Volunteer Agreement. There is a link on the test home page in the upper right hand corner of the screen. 6. What is the passing score for certification? Answer: The passing score for the test for each course is 80%. Q&A above obtained from Source: http://www.vita-volunteers.org

REQUIREMENTS TO VOLUNTEER All Volunteer Tax Preparers must pass 2 tests: 1. Basic certification test* 2. Volunteer Standards of Conduct test* *A minimum score of 80% is required for each certification test.

TEST 1: VOLUNTEER STANDARDS OF CONDUCT Length: 5 Questions Content: Dos and Donts of volunteers and the volunteer site Pass: 80% Correct 4 out of 5 questions correct TEST 1: VOLUNTEER STANDARDS OF

CONDUCT TEST 2: BASIC TEST* Length: 30 Questions Content: Individual & family tax laws Pass: 80% Correct 24 out of 30 questions correct *REQUIRED FOR ALL TAX PREPARATION

VOLUNTEERS! TEST 2: BASIC TEST* Sample Scenario: VITA CERTIFICATION PATH

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