As tax season starts up, Clayton State University is offering to help low- and middle-income families prepare their taxes without the burden of tax filing costs. The university’s College of Business is a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance site, a program through the Internal Revenue Service that offers free tax assistance to eligible individuals.
Taxpayers must make an income of $55,000 or less to be eligible to participate in the program. Individuals can receive assistance with forms 1040EZ, 1040A, and simple 1040s.
“Clayton State University is proud to be the only university in the state of Georgia that has participated in the VITA program for 27 consecutive years,” said Dr. Andrew Sbaraglia, assistant professor of accounting. “Many of our clients are minority and elderly taxpayers who would be forced to go to a paid tax preparer to file their taxes if the VITA service were not available.”
VITA is mutually beneficial to both the university and the community as business students gain an opportunity to apply what they’ve learned in the classroom to help local residents file their taxes with ease.
“The VITA program provides our students a valuable hands-on learning experience, while providing eligible taxpayers a no-cost way to e-file their tax returns in order to receive their tax refunds in a timely manner,” Sbaraglia said.
Taxpayers can visit the College of Business to have their taxes prepared on Saturdays from 9 a.m.- 1p.m. during February and March. The program is offered on a first come, first serve basis.
2018 dates for VITA include:
February 3, 2018
February 10, 2018
February 17, 2018
February 24, 2018
March 17, 2018
March 24, 2018
More information about VITA can be found at the university’s website. For questions, call (678) 466-4527.