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February 8, 2006

UW-Eau Claire Accounting Students Provide Free Tax Return Assistance

Forty-three UW-Eau Claire accounting students, working under accounting faculty member Dr. Lucretia Mattson, will provide free income tax assistance to 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 assistance to taxpayers with adjusted gross annual incomes under $35,000.

As VITA volunteers, UW-Eau Claire accounting students will help individuals fill out basic income tax forms (1040EZ, 1040A, and 1040). 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 and is provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

UW-Eau Claire accounting students will be meeting with taxpayers on the following dates at the following locations:

Date: February 7-April 13, 2006 (Tuesdays and Thursdays)
Time: 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Location: RCU Bellinger Street Office
1512 Bellinger Street, Eau Claire, WI

Date: February 9-April 13, 2006 (Every Thursday except March 23)
Time: 4:00 -7:00 p.m.
Location: Western Dairyland Community Action Agency
418 Wisconsin Street, Eau Claire, WI

Date: February 15-April 12, 2006 (Every Wednesday except March 22)
Time: 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Location: UW-Eau Claire Schneider Hall Room 314

Note: Special sessions for international students are being arranged through Fay Bobb, UW-Eau Claire Center for International Education.