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MSU Students Offer Free Tax Preparation

Beatrice Murch
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Free tax services will be provided by student volunteers from the School of Accountancy at Missouri State University.  Appointments are currently being taken for February 2 through April 14.

Individuals who make $54,000 or less can qualify to receive the free services.  It’s part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program or VITA, which trains and certifies community volunteers to provide free basic income tax return preparation to qualified individuals in local communities.

Dr. Kerri Tassin, assistant professor in the School of Accountancy, says the program allows them the chance to teach students “the value of contributing to the community in a very real and practical way.”  She says students get the opportunity to experience income tax preparation work and also make a difference in others’ lives.

Individuals who make $62,000 or less may qualify for My Free Taxes, a service offered through United Way.  Through the program, taxpayers complete their own tax return online for free.

Before going to a VITA site, individuals should make sure they gather all relevant documents, including the following:

  • Photo ID
  • Proof of social security number
  • A copy of last year’s federal and state returns, if available
  • All income statements, such as W-2s and 1099s

For more information, 720-2000 or click here.