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January 22, 2013

UW-Eau Claire accounting students provide free 2012 tax return preparation

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire accounting students will provide free 2012 income tax return preparation for taxpayers who cannot afford to pay for professional help through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. VITA, a special program of the Internal Revenue Service and Wisconsin Department of Revenue, provides free tax return preparation for taxpayers with annual income under $51,000. UW-Eau Claire students will be available to meet with individuals on a first-come, first-served basis Monday-Thursday, February 4 through April 11, 2013.

VITA volunteers will prepare and e-file tax returns for taxpayers. Taxpayers with complicated returns or questions will be referred to the IRS or advised to seek private professional assistance. Eligibility is determined on a case-by-case basis by the VITA volunteer.

Taxpayers seeking tax return preparation must bring the following information:

  • Social Security cards for taxpayer and all dependents–REQUIRED this year
  • Earnings statements
  • Copy of last year’s tax return
  • Child care provider information
  • Checking account information
  • Rent certificates from landlord or property tax statement
  • Financial institution's routing and account numbers for direct deposit

To file taxes electronically on a married filing joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms. VITA volunteers cannot file married filing separate tax returns.

2013 VITA Schedule, February 4–April 11

(Closed March 18-22)
All locations are in Eau Claire, WI

Mondays from 1-4:30 pm
Western Dairyland, 418 Wisconsin Street, Eau Claire

Tuesdays & Wednesdays, from 1–4:30 pm
RCU Shopko South Office, 1049 W. Clairemont Ave, Eau Claire

Thursdays, from 1–4:30 pm
City of Altoona Community Room, 1303 Lynn Avenue, Altoona

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