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UW-Eau Claire Tax Assistant Program Announces New Hours

RELEASED: March 11, 2009

EAU CLAIRE — University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire accounting students who are providing free income tax assistance through April 15 to taxpayers who cannot afford to pay for professional help have revised their hours.

The students offer the service as part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, a special program of the Internal Revenue Service and Wisconsin Department of Revenue that provides free tax return assistance to taxpayers with adjusted gross annual incomes under $42,000.

VITA volunteers will meet with taxpayers on a first-come, first-serve basis. Students will help individuals fill out basic income tax forms (1040EZ, 1040A and 1040). They cannot prepare Married Filling Separately tax returns. 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.

The revised VITA schedule follows:

  • Mondays, 3-7 p.m., Western Dairyland Community Action Agency, 418 Wisconsin St.
  • Tuesdays, 1:30-5 p.m., Royal Credit Union, 1512 Bellinger St.
  • Wednesdays, 1:30-5 p.m., Royal Credit Union, 1512 Bellinger St.
  • Fridays, 1-5 p.m., Room 314, Schneider Hall, UW-Eau Claire

No service will be available during the university's spring break, March 16-20.

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