November's Dear Roger question comes from Cassandra B. of Phoenix, Arizona:

Cassandra: I participate in the VITA (Voluntary Income Tax Assistance) program though my university. Does this volunteer work count towards my work experience requirement for the CPA Exam?

Roger:

Hi Cassandra,

Great question!

VITA is a great IRS program that helps taxpayers from low income families, persons with disabilities, elderly people and military families receive free help on their tax return preparation.  It's a great way to get some hands-on experience while helping others.

If you are in the VITA program through your school and are receiving academic credits for your work with VITA, it does not count towards your work experience. However, if you are not using the experience for academic credits, then it can be applied towards work experience as long as it is signed off by a verifiable licensed CPA.

Thanks for the question!

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