Volunteer Tax Preparers Offer Weekend Services on Campus

Bernadette Medina

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) on campus offers free tax preparation for seniors and anyone with an income under $50,000. It is available on Saturdays up until the filing deadline.

Volunteer tax preparers have been trained by the IRS and the state Franchise Tax Board.

It is important for those at even very low incomes to file, since they may be eligible to collect money through the earned income tax credit program, said Christy Kloezeman, accounting department coordinator.

“A single person over 25-years-old making less than $15,000 and a person with a dependent making less than $20,000 can get some money back,” said Kloezeman.

“We get about 40 people a day,” said Kloezeman. “If there are any mistakes on the form, VITA will be the one to get penalized, not the person.”

“We have all the forms and if we don’t have the one they need, we can print it off the Web site,” said Kloezeman. “They should bring their forms as well as any other necessary documents and plan to stay for at least one hour.”

The service is open to the public, but is only applicable to those filing forms 1040A, 1040EZ, 540A, and 540EZ. It is located in SR 114. It is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays through April 14. Electronic filing will not be available on April 14.