Alaska Tax Program

Three WMU students sit at a table with laptops and chairs awaiting the villagersThe Department of Philosophy at Western Michigan University participates in the Internal Revenue Service's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. Since 2014, we have collaborated with the Alaska Business Development Center to provide services to rural Alaskans, many of whom live in isolated villages. Preparers have come both from our department and from accountancy in the Haworth College of Business. Funding has come from the federal government, ABDC, the department and the College of Business.

Members of the Western Michigan philosophy program participate in the Internal Revenue Service's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program in order to provide tax assistance services to Alaskans living in isolated villages.

Villages

Villages we have served thus far include:

  • King Cove (2015);
  • Bethel, Goodnews Bay, Kwigillingok, Kongiganak, and Platinum (2016);
  • Alakanuk, Brevig Mission, Chevak, Elim, and Nunam Iqua (2017); 
  • Bethel, Kaltag, Koyuku, Napaskiak, and Nulato (2018); and
  • Arctic Village, Eek, Napakiak, and Fort Yukon (2019).

Participants

Two females students standing outide in the snow holding up their arms to make a giant "W"Students who have participated include: Jill Clark (x2), Kayla Comb (x2), Sibie Daniel, Colleen Flynn, Parker Garrett, Andrea Gentile, Nick Labadie (x2), Ryan Loiselle, Alexis Nightingale, David Nutting, Madelyn Olsen, Kayla Poole (x2), Kaylee Ronn, Ryan Slavin, Kinsey Staver (x2) and Zach Westendorp.

Our work has been featured in the local newspaper, local radio, local news, student newspaper (2016, 2018), and Michigan Radio, as well as in press releases by both the University (2016, 2018) and the College of Business. Photo albums are available for 2016, 20172018, and 2019 trips.

For more information, please contact Dr. Fritz Allhoff.