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February 13, 2007

Accounting Students Provide Free Tax Return Assistance for 2006 Tax Year


Forty two 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 $39,000.

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.

UW-Eau Claire accounting students will be meeting with taxpayers on a first-come, first-serve basis on the following dates at the following locations:

  • February 13 - April 12, 2007
    (Tuesdays and Thursdays)

    1:00 - 4:00 pm, RCU Bellinger Street Office, 1512 Bellinger Street, Eau Claire, WI

  • February 5 - April 9, 2007
    (Every Monday except March 19)

    4:00 - 7:00 pm, Western Dairyland Community Action Agency, 418 Wisconsin Street, Eau Claire, WI

  • February 14 – April 11, 2007
    (Every Wednesday except March 21)

    1:00 - 4:00 pm, UW-Eau Claire Schneider Hall Room 314

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