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Free tax assistance offered by Maurer School of Law, Kelley School of Business students

Feb. 8, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Local taxpayers with an annual income under $54,000 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 26, 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, known as VITA, which will run from Feb. 9 through March 26. The walk-in clinic will run from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays in Baier Hall Room 125 of the Maurer School of Law, 211 S. Indiana Ave. (No assistance will be available the week of March 14.)

"Super Saturdays" assistance will also be offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 27 and March 26 at the Kelley School of Business. Specific locations within the Kelley School will be posted on VITA’s website.

"Last year VITA served more than 600 taxpayers on campus and in the Bloomington community," said Jeremy Munza, a second-year law student and VITA student coordinator. "This year, with the help of our exemplary team of Kelley and Maurer volunteers, we are confident this will be our best and busiest year yet."

Munza said over 80 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. Meetings for future dates can also be scheduled during those times.

Taxpayers are encouraged to bring relevant tax documents to the walk-in clinic: W-2 forms, 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.