For the past 12 years, students at University High School have been providing free tax services to the community three nights a week from January through April. The program has grown exponentially over the years, with students on track to submit close to 3,000 forms this year, according to Dede Moore, one of the program’s coordinators.
Each students who participates in the program is enrolled in the Ron E. Smith Academy of Business and Finance and must become certified by the International Revenue Service to assist people through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.
The program gives high schoolers invaluable experience to jumpstart their careers, which aligns with Prosper Waco’s goal of increasing the percentage of economically-disadvantaged students who complete a workforce certificate or college degree. It also contributes to the financial security goals of decreasing the percent of households below liquid asset poverty rate and increasing employment and engagement of residents ages 16-to-24-years old.
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