North Hollywood, California
January 27, 2017
By Blair Koch, University Relations and Communications, 657-2269
Scott Gorman is preparing for his second chance career.
The accounting major at Montana State University Billings has a 20-year career in transportation but needed surgery on a degenerative disc in his back a couple years ago.
The injury meant an end to physical labor, so Gorman decided to come back to school and learn a new trade.
As a “numbers and organization guy” a degree in accounting made sense. Moreover, he really enjoys preparing taxes, something accountants do for many months of the year.
“Doing taxes is just a fun coincidence. Four years ago, I found a mistake on my taxes and read the tax code. I’ve been hooked ever since.”
As a student at MSU Billings, Gorman is thriving.
He’s the president of the Accounting Club and through his Honors internship, site coordinator for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program for MSUB. Additionally, he volunteers for VITA through HRDC.
“I’ll probably prepare some 500 returns this season,” he said.
The VITA site at MSUB will provide free income tax return preparation and electronic filing for individuals and families making less than $52,000 a year. Both state and federal returns are prepared by Internal Revenue Service trained and certified community volunteers.
VITA will be completing returns on campus on Saturdays, beginning January 28, through April 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Student Union Building.
After graduation, Gorman plans to become a Certified Public Accountant. He already works in the field.
“I work part-time for Mental Health Center and really enjoy it,” Gorman said.
While many people dread tax season, Gorman sees the silver lining.
“The good thing about tax season is that it means spring is right around the corner,” he said.
In his free time, Gorman enjoys spending time with his two teenage children.