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You can get free tax assistance at Virginia State

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Posted at 7:52 AM, Feb 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-16 07:52:49-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- If you need help with your taxes, you can get it for free from accounting students at Virginia State University.

Starting Tuesday, the accounting majors at the university will work with the IRS as a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site to provide income tax preparation and filing assistance for 2020 tax returns to individual or joint filers in the Tri-Cities area with income below $58,000.

The service will be offered on Tuesday and Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and on Wednesdays from noon to 7 p.m. at 102 Singleton Hall on the campus.

You can utilize the service now through April 8, with the exception of March 2 and March 24 due to the university being closed.

VSU said you should gather all your essential records, such as W2 forms, SSA – 1099, etc. to be processed. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, you will drop off your information and proper identification and then your taxes can be picked-up after completion.

A VITA worker will call you to review the tax return. Once return is picked up and approved by the taxpayer, the return will be filed electronically, according to VSU.

For the past 34 years, VSU accounting majors have provided this service, which is coordinated by Professor Mary Scott, CPA, CFE, Assistant Professor of Accounting at VSU; and Dr. Hari Sharma, Chairman of the Accounting and Finance Department in the Reginald F. Lewis College of Business.

The students’ participation is among the requirements of the federal income tax course.