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Free VITA tax clinic returns to UW-Whitewater

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Returning for the 2017 filing season, the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater will provide free tax help and free electronic filing of 2016 federal and Wisconsin tax returns for full-year Wisconsin resident taxpayers with low to moderate levels of income.

VITA will be open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Wednesdays from 4 to 7 p.m. from January 28 through April 12. Note that the tax clinic will be closed March 18, March 22 and March 25. No appointments are needed; it is first come, first served.

Staffed by IRS-certified student preparers and supervised by faculty in the Department of Accounting, the program offers critical hands-on experience for students. And UW-Whitewater hopes to increase the number of returns processed and filed in 2017.

Robert Meyers, accounting department lecturer and program contact, relates, “We’re excited to have increased capacity this year. Based on additional training and streamlined processes, we’ll be able to help a lot more people.”

VITA is located in Timothy J. Hyland Hall, room 1001, across from parking lot 7 on Starin Road. On Wednesdays, stop at the Visitor’s Center on Starin Road (drive-thru on the north side of the building), tell them you are there for the VITA tax clinic and ask for a temporary parking permit. Park in Lot 7 in any non-metered spot. On Saturdays, simply park in Lot 7.

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Important notes:

Please review the supporting document that taxpayers should bring to VITA:

  • Photo identification
  • Valid social security cards for the taxpayer, spouse and dependents
  • Birth dates for taxpayer, spouse and dependents
  • Wage and earning statement(s) Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, from all employers
  • All Forms 1099 (e.g., interest and dividend income statements)
  • All Forms 1098 (e.g., statements of tuition and student loan interest paid)
  • All Forms 1095 (e.g., forms relating to health insurance coverage).
  • If you received an exemption from the Health Insurance Marketplace, your exemption certification number.
  • Total paid for day care, as well as day care provider’s address and identifying number
  • Other relevant information about income and expenses
  • A Renters Certificate (completed by your landlord) or your 2016 property tax bill for your residence if you believe you are eligible for the Wisconsin Homestead Credit
  • Estimate of out-of-state purchases you made in 2016 on which you paid no Wisconsin sales or use tax (e.g., purchases through Amazon)
  • A copy of last year’s federal and Wisconsin returns, if available
  • A voided check for bank routing and account numbers for direct deposit

If you have further questions, you may email the VITA Site Coordinator at vita@uww.edu or leave a message at 262-472-5449.

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UW-Whitewater online MBA ranked 16th in the nation

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UW-Whitewater Assistant Professor Balaji Sankaranarayanan, right, records a segment for his graduate-level course on Business Process Innovation and Management with Phil Novy, a technician with the College of Business and Economics on Thursday, January 7, 2015. (UW-Whitewater photo/Craig Schreiner)

U.S. News and World Report released its highly anticipated 2017 ranking of online MBA programs today, and the online MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater was ranked 16th. Over 239 programs were scored based on five major categories: student engagement, admissions selectivity, peer reputation, faculty credential and training, and student services and technology.

UW-Whitewater’s standing amidst the country’s top 20 online MBA programs is reflective of ongoing efforts to offer exceptional learning from high quality, full-time faculty with access to the latest technology. With an excellent performance record since the program’s launch in 1998, the college has not only helped pioneer graduate-level distance learning, but has also helped perfect the delivery of rigorous curriculum in an online format.

In addition to independent rankings and awards, prospective MBA students considering an online program should investigate accreditation, which is a critical measure of quality. UW-Whitewater’s online MBA is accredited by AACSB International—the most rigorous accrediting standard globally.

Associate Dean Paul Ambrose, Ph.D., stressed, “AACSB International accreditation is the only accreditation that matters for business schools. Currently less than 5% of business schools worldwide are AACSB accredited.”

Beyond experience, performance, and independently verified quality, UW-Whitewater’s online MBA offers tremendous flexibility. The average age of students enrolled in the program is 31; most students take courses part-time while maintaining full-time employment. And with the same cost-per-credit for Wisconsin resident, out of state and international students, it also represents a superior value.

It is no surprise that the program has enjoyed strong enrollment; however, Ambrose emphasized that UW-Whitewater is focused on sustainable growth. He added, “Our goal is to grow the program while maintaining our high quality standards. We’re focused on developing well-rounded professionals to meet the demand for managerial and executive talent by employers throughout the region and beyond.”

Learn more about UW-Whitewater’s online MBA program.

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Emily Gruenewald ’16 completed the UW-Whitewater online MBA program on a part-time basis while working full-time as executive director of University Alumni Relations and Development. With two children, now 2 and 6 years old, the flexibility of the program was essential to her success. (UW-Whitewater photo/Jonathon Kelley)

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New accreditation signifies excellence for Occupational Safety Bachelor of Science

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The University of Wisconsin College of Business and Economics is proud to announce that its Occupational Safety Bachelor of Science has been accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. ABET accreditation is highly regarded in technical disciplines where … Continue reading

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Honoring an Exceptional Educator: Robert Gruber Accounting Professorship Award

The late Robert Gruber's family, friends, colleagues and students gather to celebrate his life and distinguished career.

The late Robert Gruber’s family, friends, colleagues and students gathered to celebrate his life and career. (UW-Whitewater Photos/Jonathon Kelley)

Meifang Xiang, associate professor, was honored as the first recipient of the Robert Gruber Accounting Professorship on November 4, 2016. This professorship celebrates the spirit and impact of Robert Gruber (April 26, 1955 – September 13, 2015), former professor and department chairperson. It will be used to help the accounting program deliver outstanding education and stand out from programs at peer institutions.

Contributions to the endowed fund are invested, and a portion of the earnings will be used each year to advance the accounting program. These monies may be used help recruit or retain high-quality faculty by supporting salaries in a competitive market. The balance of the fund’s earnings will be awarded as the endowed accounting professorship. The professorship will provide a salary stipend to the recipient, as well as the opportunity to direct spending of a discretionary fund.

Meifang Xiang intends to work with Accounting Department Chairperson D’Arcy Becker and Dean John Chenoweth to spend the discretionary funds in a manner that would honor Robert Gruber’s legacy. Meifang worked with Robert for eight years, and she feels privileged to receive the Professorship in his name. She recalls that Robert was intensely committed to student and faculty success and that he was highly regarded at local, state and national levels. His persona was also an asset to the department and college. He was energetic, positive and personable and he had a wonderful sense of humor.

Reflecting on her husband’s life and legacy, Cindy Gruber shared, “Bob aspired to be a teacher, an influencer, a helper, an advisor and a friend to his students… He would be so pleased that this professorship will be used by others who choose to invest in the lives of their students.”

Robert Gruber passed away in 2015 after a battle with cancer. He will long be remembered for his efforts throughout the college and local community, and his leadership within the public accounting profession. Thanks to generous contributions by alumni, $1.1 million has been raised in his honor, exceeding the original $1 million target.

The plaque presented to Cindy Gruber describes Bob's exceptional commitment to student and faculty success.

The plaque presented to Cindy Gruber describes Bob’s exceptional commitment to student and faculty success.

D'Arcy Becker, accounting department chairperson, introduces Meifang Xiang, associate professor and recipient of the Robert Gruber Accounting Professorship. According to Becker, Xiang epitomizes Gruber’s “deep interest in making sure that we have a great program.”

D’Arcy Becker, left, accounting department chairperson, introduces Meifang Xiang, associate professor and recipient of the Robert Gruber Accounting Professorship. According to Becker, Xiang epitomizes Gruber’s “deep interest in making sure that we have a great program.”

Cindy Gruber shares, “His goal was to make a difference through his work and to change lives… If this professorship in even a small way reflects the lives Bob influenced, then he achieved his goals."

Cindy Gruber shares, “His goal was to make a difference through his work and to change lives… If this professorship in even a small way reflects the lives Bob influenced, then he achieved his goals.”

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IT Faculty Tech Start-up Wins!

Dr. Alana Platt took 3rd place in the 2016 Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest for her startup Classmunity in the Information Technology category!

Dr. Platt, an Assistant Professor of Information Technology created Classmunity, a web-based fundraising service to help K-12 school districts easily, professionally, and securely raise money. Fundraising campaigns can be created in minutes using Classmunity, and school districts, teachers, parents, students, and community members can easily promote the campaigns with just the click of a button. School administrators have real-time campaign and funding insights through a powerful web-based dashboard.

The pitch competition was held on Tuesday, June 7 and the award ceremony on Wednesday, June 8 at the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference in Madison. For more information about the contest, click here to read the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article and here to read the Wisconsin State Journal article.

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