VIVIAN HARRINGTON GRAY NOTRE DAME - SAINT MARY'S TAX ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Annually, accounting students from the University of Notre Dame and Saint Mary's College assist low-income and disabled taxpayers with preparation of their tax returns through Notre Dame's Vivian Harrington Gray Tax Assistance Program (TAP).
Founded in 1972 by Professor Ken Milani and a handful of students, TAP has grown into a wide reaching program. The TAP now routinely involves more than 90 student volunteers as well as several faculty members and local accountants who staff 9 area service centers. Volunteers also form “SWAT” teams to serve disabled taxpayers in their homes and hospital rooms. Each year the number of clients served and tax returns prepared changes. Scroll to the end of this page for current statistical information relating to the Michiana area. More than 20 Notre Dame alumni clubs have adopted the TAP service program to help their neighbors in cities throughout the nation.
The Tax Assistance Program has helped many taxpayers and provided opportunities for students to hone their skills, lend their service and develop a deeper understanding for the lives of their clients.
There is no charge for the service, which is supported by funds from Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business and supplies provided by the Internal Revenue Service and the Indiana Department of Revenue. Further information may be obtained by calling 574-631-7863.
Information about the TAP's mission and endowment is also available.
Information about its history and growth over time will be found here.
At the conclusion of each tax season's service, the TAP issues an annual report. The report offers additional information about the season, those that worked in it, and also the long-term influence of the TAP in different parts of the US. If you wish to read the Annual Report, click here.