Business students offer tax aidStudents in the business program at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College will be providing free tax preparation assistance on campus through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance network.
Students in the business program at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College will be providing free tax preparation assistance on campus through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance network. Free help is available to assist filers in determining their eligibility for various tax credits and to file their tax forms this year. The service is available to all community members whose income levels are less than $45,000. The service is not limited to students attending the college.
Business program students conducted a limited tax assistance program last year on a trial basis to determine the need for offering income tax assistance annually. Last year’s initial success turned this year’s plans into a full-fledged effort.
The free service is available on Tuesdays from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. in Room 114 on campus through April 13. No service will be available on March 13, 16 and 20.
Appointments and registration are not necessary. Students assisting in the process are IRS certified tax preparers, and free e-filing will be available.
“We see this as a learning opportunity for our students as well as being a great resource for community members in need of assistance with their annual income tax preparation,” said Sara Montgomery, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Business program staff. “Our students will be available to help individuals, and have some fun in what many consider to be a stressful process.”
When preparing to use the free tax preparation site, people need to bring:
l Valid driver’s license or photo identification (self and spouse, if applicable)
l Social Security cards for all persons listed on the return
l Dates of birth for all persons listed on the return
l All income statements: Forms W-2, 1099, Social Security, Unemployment, or other benefits statements, self-employment records and any documents showing taxes withheld
l Dependent child care information: payee’s name, address and Social Security number or tax identification number
l Proof of account at financial institution for direct debit or deposit (i.e. canceled/ voided check or a current bank statement)
l Prior year tax return (if available)
l Any other pertinent documents or papers To file taxes electronically on a married filing joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms.
The free income tax assistance service can help individuals identify possible tax credits that are new or unknown to tax filers, such as the federal Earned Income Tax Credit.
For more information about the free volunteer income tax assistance program at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, contact Suzan Desmond at (218) 879-0701.