Accounting students from Clayton State University will once again be participating in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, hosted by the University’s College of Business, with the next session this Saturday, Feb. 23.
This free service will also be offered at the College of Business on the Saturday, Mar. 16, and Saturday, Mar. 23, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Taxpayers will be assisted on a first come, first serve basis.
VITA is a national program that provides tax support for certain eligible taxpayers. This program, which has been in existence for 40 years, also provides the volunteer tax preparers with extensive IRS training and testing. The volunteers can then ensure that taxpayers will have their tax returns filled out accurately and timely and receive the tax credits they qualify for, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit.
Students can also benefit from having VITA volunteers prepare their taxes, because the volunteers are trained in the rules for the credits available for tuition and other school-related expenses. The VITA program also prepares state income tax returns and provides free e-filing options to ensure clients receive their refunds as soon as possible.
Clayton State University is proud to be the only university in the state of Georgia that has successfully participated in the VITA program for 23 consecutive years. The College of Business’ highly trained volunteers are eager to begin working with the public in order to make their tax preparation experience stress-free.
“It gives our students hands-on experience, and provides a valuable service to the public. We have taxpayers who return every year,” says Dr. Judith Ogden, Clayton State associate professor of Business Law, who is spending her ninth year with VITA at Clayton State, and her 16th
year with VITA nationwide.
Those who are eligible to receive this service are taxpayers who make under $49,000 a year and wish to receive help with their 2012 personal income taxes using Forms 1040EZ, 1040A, and simple1040s. The program does not provide assistance with out-of-state or small business returns, or for those who are self-employed.
Those interested in receiving this assistance must bring the following items:
ü Photo identification,
ü Social security cards for themselves, their spouse, and dependents,
ü Birthdates for primary, secondary, and dependents on the tax return
ü Wage and earning statement(s) Form W-2, W-2G, 1009-R, from all employers
ü Interest and dividend statements from bank(s), Form 1099
ü Other relevant information about income and expenses
- Day care provider identifying number
- Total amount paid for day care
ü A copy of last year’s federal and state income tax returns if possible,
ü Bank routing and account numbers for direct deposit.
Please note that both spouses will need to be present to file electronically.
Clayton State’s VITA volunteers look forward to helping the community, and making this another successful year with VITA, adds Ogden.
Taxpayers are welcome to like Clayton State’s VITA on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/VitaAtClaytonState
. Also, the VITA webpage can be found at: http://faculty.clayton.edu/Portals/277/VITA%20Webpage.docx
. If taxpayers have further questions they may call the VITA hotline at (678) 466-4527.