Feb. 10, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Local taxpayers with an annual income under $53,000 are eligible for free tax preparation help from students with Indiana University's Maurer School of Law and the Kelley School of Business.
Through March 28, trained students will assist with the complex task of filing state and federal tax returns. Eligible participants cannot have received income from the sale of stocks, mutual funds or homes, or own a business.
The students are participating in the Internal Revenue Service’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, which will run from Feb. 11 to March 12. The walk-in clinic will run from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays in Room 121 of the Maurer School of Law, 211 S. Indiana Ave.
“Super Saturdays” assistance will also be offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Kelley School of Business' Hodge Hall, 1309 E. 10th St.: in Rooms 200/202 on Feb. 21 and March 7 and in Rooms 3030/3034 on March 28.
“Last year our VITA site had the privilege of serving a record number of low-income taxpayers on campus and in the Bloomington community,” said Joseph Dugan, a third-year law student and VITA student coordinator. “This year, we are eager to improve on our past success with a new outreach campaign, a better appointment system and an additional ‘Super Saturday.’ With the help of our exemplary team of Kelley and Maurer volunteers, we are confident this will be our best and busiest year yet.”
Last year VITA student volunteers helped prepare more than 600 tax returns. Dugan said 75 students are volunteering this year; each has committed to at least 10 hours of volunteer time.
Those wanting to participate can walk in during any of the designated times for assistance, or they can sign up for an appointment date and time by visiting the law school lobby from noon to 4 p.m. March 1.
Taxpayers are encouraged to bring relevant tax documents to the walk-in clinic: a W-2, photo identification, Social Security card and documents from other income sources. Filers must also bring the Social Security cards for any dependents they want to claim. If taxpayers are filing jointly, both spouses must be present. Copies of last year's tax returns aren't required but are helpful to tax preparers. Non-U.S. citizens should bring their passports and immigration paperwork.