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Accounting students to offer free tax assistance

RELEASED: Feb. 4, 2010

EAU CLAIRE — University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire accounting students will provide free income tax assistance through April 15 to taxpayers who cannot afford to pay for professional help.

The assistance is provided through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, a special program of the Internal Revenue Service and the Wisconsin Department of Revenue. VITA provides income tax assistance to those with adjusted incomes under $49,000.

VITA volunteers will help fill out basic tax forms (1040 EZ, 1040A and 1040) and related schedules. Taxpayers with more complex returns and questions will be referred to the IRS or will be advised to seek professional assistance. Eligibility will be determined on a case-by-case basis by a VITA volunteer.

UW-Eau Claire students will be available to meet with taxpayers on a first-come, first-served basis at the following times and locations:

  • Mondays, 2-6 p.m., Feb. 8-April 12, Western Dairyland Community Action Agency, 418 Wisconsin St. (closed March 29).
  • Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 1-5 p.m., Feb. 2-April 14, Royal Credit Union South Office, 1049 W. Clairemont Ave. (closed March 30-31).
  • Thursdays, 1-5 p.m., Feb. 11-April 15, Chippewa Valley Technical College, 620 W. Clairemont Ave. (closed March 18).

Taxpayers seeking tax preparation assistance must bring information listed on the Royal Credit Union financial asisstance Web page.

For more information, call the VITA hotline at 715-833-7257.

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