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100 Creighton University student volunteers to provide free tax preparation assistance

Soon it will be time for American households to start filing their income tax rCU Archeturns, and the 2019 tax filing season brings with it some of the most significant changes to the tax code in decades.

Through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, an IRS initiative, 100 Creighton University student volunteers are available to offer free tax preparation services to help low-income individuals and families.

Four Saturday clinics will be offered throughout February and March at the Creighton University Harper Center. Creighton’s accounting department has coordinated with VITA to provide this service for more than 40 years. Eligibility for the free service generally applies to people who make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities and individuals who speak limited English needing assistance in preparing their taxes.

“The program is mutually beneficial as it gives students the opportunity to apply lessons learned in the Principles of Taxation classroom on tax rules, applicable tax credits and deductions to make a difference in the lives of people in their community,” said Tom Purcell, PhD, CPA, professor and chair of the Creighton University department of accounting.

Student volunteers include approximately 85 undergraduate accounting students from the Heider College of Business, as well as 10 from the School of Law and five graduate students in the university’s accelerated Masters of Accounting program.

People meeting VITA program requirements who would like to take advantage of the free service should bring the following information/documentation to the clinics:

  •  Government-issued identification
  • Social security cards for yourself, spouse and dependents
  • All wage and earning statements (Form W-2)
  • 2018 federal and state tax returns (if available)
  • Bank routing number and account number for direct deposit of refunds

February VITA Clinics:
February 9 & 23
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Creighton University Harper Center Room 3023

March VITA Clinics:
March 2 & 23
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Creighton University Harper Center Creighton University Harper Center Ballroom

For more information about the IRS VITA program, click here.

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