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 (VITA.) The service is available to all community members whose income levels are less than $50,000 per year. The service is not limited to students attending the college.

The free tax service is available from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesdays from 5-8 p.m., and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays in Room 114 on campus. Service began on Feb. 12 and runs through April 12.

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No service will be available on March 12, 15 and 19, or if the campus is closed due to the weather. No appointments or registration are necessary, people may call ahead to (218) 879-0701 for updates on closings and hours.

When preparing to use the free tax preparation site, people need to bring the following:

Valid driver's license or photo identification (self and spouse, if applicable).

Social Security cards for all people listed on the return.

Dates of birth for all people listed on the return.

All income statements: Forms W-2, 1099, Social Security, Unemployment, or other benefits statements, self-employment records and any documents showing taxes withheld.

Dependent child care information: payee's name, address and Social Security number or tax identification number.

Proof of account at financial institution for direct debit or deposit such as a canceled or voided check or a current bank statement).

Prior year tax return (if available).

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.

In addition to the volunteer income tax assistance site at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, several other free assistance sites nearby include the Fond du lac Reservation Ojibwe School, the Duluth Public Library, and the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Filers can also call the Minnesota Department of Revenue at (800) 657-3989 to locate free tax assistance sites.

A web-based resource for this information is the Minnesota Department of Revenue website at www.taxes.state.mn.us.