University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire accounting students will provide free 2013 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 who make $51,000 or less. UW-Eau Claire students will be available to meet with individuals on a first-come, first-served basis Monday–Thursday, February 3 through April 10, 2014.
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:
- Photo ID
- Social Security cards for taxpayer and all dependents
- Earnings statements
- Copy of last year’s tax return
- Child care provider 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 jointly tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms. VITA volunteers cannot file married filing separately tax returns.
2014 VITA Schedule, February 3–April 10
(Closed March 17–21)
Mondays, from 1–4:30 pm
Western Dairyland Community Action Agency
418 Wisconsin Street, Eau Claire, WI
Tuesdays & Wednesdays, from 1–4:30 pm
RCU Shopko South Office
1049 West Clairemont Avenue, Eau Claire, WI
Thursdays, from 1–4:30 pm
City of Altoona Community Room
1303 Lynn Avenue, Altoona, WI