Accounting students at Fort Hays State University will offer free income tax preparation through the VITA program, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, again this year. Services will be available from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Feb. 3 through March 11, McCartney Hall, room 116, on the FHSU campus.
Low- to moderate-income ($42,000 and below) citizens are eligible to receive assistance from qualified FHSU students. Over the past several years, the VITA program has aided hundreds of local taxpayers. VITA volunteers are qualified to prepare forms 1040EZ, 1040A and 1040; Schedule A (Itemized Deductions); Schedule B (Interest and Dividend); and Schedule EIC (Earned Income Credit). Volunteers are not qualified to do Schedule C (Business Income) and foreign student returns.
No appointments are necessary. Clients will be assisted on a first-come, first-served basis.
Taxpayers need to bring the following items to the VITA site to have a tax return prepared:
• Photo identification.
• Social Security Cards and birthdates for the taxpayer, spouse and dependents.
• Wage and earning statement(s) Form W-2, W-2G, 1098 and 1099-R from all employers.
• Interest and dividend statements from banks (Form 1099).
• A copy of last year's federal and state tax returns, if available.
• Bank routing numbers and account numbers for direct deposit.
• To file taxes electronically on a Married Filing Joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms.
• Tuition statements from school (1098-T).
• Students: Assurance that you cannot be claimed as a dependent on your parent's return.
For more information, contact the FHSU Department of Economics and Finance at (785) 628-5805 or Dr. Charles Gnizak, associate professor of economics and finance, at (785) 628-4328.