Wingate University interns assist with tax returns

Tamara Burke (right) helps a client at Union County DSS
Wingate, NC – Two Wingate University student interns are preparing
tax returns for low income and elderly taxpayers as part of the
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. This service is provided by the Union County Department of Social Services. Elizabeth Underwood and Tamara Burke meet with taxpayers and prepare and file their returns electronically.

Both students are senior business majors at Wingate University. They studied beforehand and had to pass basic and intermediate tests before beginning their internships. Burke, an accounting major, spoke about her experience. “There’s a lot to know,” she said. “It’s really exciting and our clients are appreciative.” The internships conclude at the end of tax season on April 18.

Their professor, Robert Threatt, said internships benefit his
students by helping them learn how to interact with people while
gaining experience filling out the returns.

Both students will graduate in May and will go on to graduate
programs in accounting. Underwood plans to enroll in Wingate's new
Master of Accounting program.

Wingate University
Founded in 1896, Wingate University is a private comprehensive
university with more than 2,300 students on two campuses in Wingate and Matthews, North Carolina. The University offers 32 undergraduate majors, 36 minors and career concentrations, numerous pre-professional programs, graduate degrees in business, accounting, physician assistant studies and sports administration, and doctorates in pharmacy and education.

Wingate students gain the tools and support they need to excel in academics and apply that learning toward an extraordinary career and life. The campus community offers in-class learning, out-of-class experiences, strong mentors, a competitive yet caring environment and rewarding community service opportunities for a
complete educational experience.

Wingate student athletes compete in 19 NCAA Division II sports, and the University has won the South Atlantic Echols Athletic Excellence Award for the past four years.