VITA is a volunteer organization that provides income tax return assistance and preparation at no cost to taxpayers! VITA is sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service and is organized by professionals and students across the United States.
At Michigan State University, our dedicated student volunteers help low-income individuals and families in the Greater Lansing area complete federal, state, local, and/or foreign tax forms. We provide valuable career-related experience as well as outstanding volunteer experience that provides relief to the Greater Lansing community. The MSU VITA training program produces high-quality tax preparers and allows volunteers to gain client service experience by engaging with clients in a friendly and professional manner. While MSU VITA is particulary attractive to accounting majors looking to gain tax preparation experience, all majors are welcome to get involved and will find our program to be extremely rewarding. Additionally, employers know what MSU VITA is, which makes involvement in MSU VITA a wonderful resume addition!
Meet the Executive Board!
Cody Jakiel - President
Hello Everyone! My name is Cody Jakiel, and I am a Master's of Accounting student at the Broad College of Business. This is my fifth year with VITA and fourth year as an E-Board member. My experiences serving clients while a part of VITA has been extremely valuable to my growth as both a person and a professional. In my spare time, I like to run, wakeboard, travel, and watch Big Brother. I look forward to serving the Lansing community with you! If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me.
Chloe McKenzie - Director of Communications
Hi everyone! My name is Chloe McKenzie, and I am a sophomore at Michigan State University. My intended major is Accounting with a minor in IT. This will be my second year with VITA and first year on the executive board. I joined VITA to gain exposure to the tax side of Accounting. Once I started volunteering, I enjoyed working with all the clients at VITA and loved learning from all the hands-on experience. In my free time, I love to run, kayak, read, and hangout with friends. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out, and I look forward to meeting all of you.
Akhil Aswani- Foreign Student Tax Director
Hi everyone! My name is Akhil Aswani and I’m a junior studying accounting. This is my second year with VITA and first year on the E-Board. I am glad to be a part of VITA because it helps me give back to the community I live in and to gain experience in a related field. In my leisure time, I enjoy playing soccer and video games. I’m excited to work the upcoming tax season with you all! If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me.
Kayla Zrepskey - Events and Recruiting Director
Hi everyone! My name is Kayla Zrepskey, and I am a junior finance major in the Broad College of Business. This will be my second year with VITA and first year serving on the executive board. VITA has helped me give back to the community, as well as grow professionally. Outside of VITA, I am also a member of the FMI, Alpha Chi Omega, and the Finance Association. In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with my friends and going on the boat. I am looking forward to working with all of you!