School of Business

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

The VITA program from Missouri Southern offers free tax preparation and filing for residents of the Joplin area that make less than $53,000/year as an individual or family. The VITA program is overseen by Dr. David Smith, CPA, at Missouri Southern State University. All volunteers are junior, senior, or graduate accounting majors at MSSU and all have passed the required Internal Revenue Service Tests.

Services Provided

The VITA program can complete your federal 1040 or 1040A return and file the necessary state returns.  Schedules include A and B (itemized deductions and interest & dividend income), pension and social security income, child credit, child care credit, education credits, and EIC (Earned Income Credit). All forms will be filled out online and submitted electronically.

The VITA program cannot file Schedule C (Business Income) with more than $5,000 in income, certain types of self-employment income, or the Foreign Income Tax Credit.

Services available for BOTH campus and community!


NEED to Bring with You

Saturdays 10am - 4pm
Call 625-9371 for an appointment


Tax Paperwork

Tax Assistance

Open February 13th through April 16th 
(Closed March 19th)


Drivers' Licenses


Cancelled check or routing number


Social Security cards for everyone in your family


Forms 1095-A, B or C, Affordable Health Care Statements



Missouri Southern State University, Plaster Hall Room 303
Please park in the lots around Plaster Hall, or by the Biology pond.  Signs will direct you to the site on the 3rd floor.

Contact Us

Emily Boydston
Administrative Assistant

Phone: 417-625-9371