Student volunteers provide free tax services through April
Students from the School of Accountancy at Missouri State University, who are certified by the IRS, will assist individuals with free tax preparation, e-filing and questions about other tax issues as part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA). These programs will be held at scheduled times in Glass Hall at MSU through April 12.
VITA services are available by appointment or walk-in assistance. It is open to taxpayers with household incomes under $52,000 per year. Scheduled times and locations for VITA walk-in assistance are available on the VITA website or by calling (800) 906-9887. To schedule an appointment at Missouri State, call (417) 720-2000.
It is important that individuals come prepared with certain pieces of information. These include:
- Photo ID
- Proof of social security number
- A copy of last year’s tax return, if possible
- All income statements such as W2’s and 1099s
In addition, Tassin would like for people to research whether they might be eligible for the earned income tax credit.
“The IRS estimates that 20 percent of tax payers who qualify for this credit don’t take advantage of it,” said Tassin.
Low Income Tax Clinic (LITC) services are available throughout the year. The LITC assists taxpayers in audits, appeals and collection disputes as well as helping taxpayers respond to IRS notices and correct account problems. All low income taxpayers who cannot afford professional tax assistance may qualify for LITC services. To schedule an appointment for LITC assistance, call (417) 836-3007.
The IRS also offers an alternative for self-preparation of tax returns online through a program called MyFreeTaxes. Tax payers with an income of $58,000 or below may take advantage of these services and complete their own tax return online for free.
For more information, contact Tassin at (417) 836-6914.
About Missouri State University
Missouri State University is a public, comprehensive university system with a mission in public affairs, whose purpose is to develop educated persons while guided by three overarching and enduring commitments to student learning, inclusive excellence and institutional impact. The university’s identity is distinguished by its statewide mission in public affairs, which entails a campus-wide commitment to foster competence and responsibility in ethical leadership, cultural competence and community engagement.
College of Business
The College of Business is one of the largest business programs in the Midwest. The college includes four departments: computer information systems, finance and general business, management, marketing and the School of Accountancy in the business unit, as well as two separately-accredited departments: fashion and interior design, and technology and construction management. The COB, along with the School of Accountancy, hold the prestigious full accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.