Accounting Club members at Fort Hays State University along with Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, a nationwide program, are providing free tax help to the community. Accounting Club volunteers help people with basic tax returns, particularly those with low and limited income. There is no charge for this service.
VITA trains volunteers to provide free tax assistance. FHSU VITA volunteers will provide help from Feb. 4 until the national tax deadline April 15. Help with taxes will be offered every Tuesday from 5-9 p.m. and on Thursday, Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27, and April 10 from 5-9 p.m.
Those interested in VITA assistance need to bring his or her tax information to McCartney Hall on one of the specified dates. A volunteer will then take the tax information and put it into forms on a computer, which will then calculate the data and determine whether taxes are owed or a refund is due. The VITA volunteer will then e-file the return with the IRS. The customer will be given a printed copy of the tax return.
To qualify for VITA, a person must have an adjusted gross income under $34,000, must have filing forms 1040 EZ, 1040A or 1040. Help can also be provided with Schedule A, itemized deductions, and Schedule B, interest and dividends. Help cannot be provided for those who must use Schedules C, D, E or F. International student returns also do not fall under the qualifications of VITA volunteers.