|Law students offer free tax preparation assistance|
UND law students will prepare and electronically file income tax returns, free of charge, for individuals who qualify through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. The School of Law’s Public Interest Law Student Association (PILSA) is sponsoring the effort that will run through April 12.
Tax returns will be prepared in the Prairie Room, Memorial Union, every Tuesday and Thursday, 6 to 8 p.m. No appointment is necessary as taxpayers will be helped on a first come, first served basis. Taxpayers need to bring identification, 2006 W-2 forms and their 2005 income tax forms. Law students will assist in filing both state and federal income tax returns. Some Saturday sites will be provided but are yet to be determined.
VITA is an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) program allowing community organizations to assist people who cannot prepare their own taxes or afford professional assistance, particularly families who earn annual incomes less than $36,000 or taxpayers who are disabled, elderly, or non-English speaking. The IRS trains VITA volunteers on assisting individuals file, including training on special credits, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, and Credit for the Elderly. The program works in conjunction with the State of North Dakota.
This is the second year that PILSA has operated the VITA site. This is the only VITA site available on campus. For more information about the program, please contact the School of Law at 777-2104, or e-mail email@example.com. Information can also be obtained on the Internet at http://www.und-pilsa.org. -- School of Law.