Fort Hays State University accounting students will offer free income tax preparation through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program for low-to-moderate-income ($34,000 and below) citizens.
Tax preparation will be offered on Feb. 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23 and 28 from 5 to 8 p.m. and on Sat., Feb. 4, 11 from 9 to 11:30 a.m.; on March 2, 9, 16 and 30 from 5 to 8 p.m.; and on April 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. in McCartney Hall, room 103, on the FHSU campus.
VITA volunteers are qualified to prepare forms 1040EZ, 1040A,1040, Schedule A (itemized deductions) and Schedule B (interest and dividends).
They are not qualified to prepare Schedule C (business income), Schedule D (capital gains), Schedule E (rent income and royalties), Schedule F (farm income) and foreign student returns.
Taxpayers must bring photo identification; Social Security Cards for the taxpayer and spouse and other dependents; birthdates for primary, secondary and dependents on the tax return; this year's current tax package (if received); wage and earning statements W-2, W-2G, and 1099-R from all employers; interest and dividend statements from banks (form 1099); a copy of last year's federal and state returns (if available); bank routing numbers and account numbers for direct deposit; and any other relevant information about income and expenses (for daycare total paid and daycare provider's identifying number). To file taxes electronically on a married-filing-joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms.
The program operates on a first-come, first-served basis.
For additional information, contact the FHSU Accounting and Information Systems Department at (785) 628-4121 or Dr. Charles Gnizak, assistant professor of accounting and information systems, at (785) 628-4328.