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VITA returns offering tax assisstance for all

February 10, 2017

Michelle Ravel / The Courier - Seniors Claire Griffith and Lexi Sirens helping community members with their taxes.

Tax season is upon us and although many people love getting money back, not many people know how to do it correctly. Luckily, on February 1 Monmouth provided a free helpful aid for those in need of tax assistance! This program is known as the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and allows Monmouth College students to help with low income taxpayers. In order to be considered a low income taxpayer, you must make under $54,000 a year.

All students volunteers have passed the advanced certification test and the code of ethics. Students are paired with one other student and together they go over taxes from people within the community. Senior and student volunteer Shayne Stone explained, “We see all sorts of individuals in the community, from people who work in factories to people who work at the college.”

Having help with taxes can be extremely beneficial for those who need it. Not only can you file your state taxes, but federal taxes can be taken care of as well. VITA is a program through the IRS that can help with the American Opportunity Tax, Lifetime Learning Credits and the Saver’s Credit. Transitioning into our new technical age, VITA also offers free electronic filing that is twice as fast as filing with paper. The service is a great opportunity for both students and community members. VITA is based on a first come first serve basis with people beginning to show up at 7 A.M. Services are in such demand that people may wait up to three hours in hopes of getting tax assistance. Students who participate find it to be a fun way to get to know people in the community and are happy that they are able to help.

Maggie Hayes
Contributing Writer

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