LAWRENCE – Law and business students from the University of Kansas are offering free tax preparation services from Monday, Feb. 17, through Tuesday, April 15, for those who qualify.
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program prepares returns for taxpayers who are Kansas, Missouri or Illinois residents, who make less than $52,000 per household per year, and who do not itemize their deductions. Last year, students prepared about 350 federal and state tax returns.
Law students Chris Mattix and Trevor Bond are coordinating this year’s VITA program, with about 25 other law and business students helping to prepare returns.
“VITA provides tremendous value to the community and KU students alike,” Mattix said. “It gives individuals an alternative to paying a professional or risking error in preparing their own taxes, and it gives KU students firsthand experience with tax law and customer service.”
Stephen Mazza, dean of the law school and professor of tax-related law, serves as the VITA faculty coordinator.
The program operates on a first-come, first-served basis, and the number of preparers varies with the site. For this reason, those seeking assistance are encouraged to show up near the start of each session. Please bring proof of identification and all relevant documentation, including proof of income and expenditures. For specific information or further questions, please call 785-864-9227 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring 2014 Schedule
Monday: 6–8:45 p.m., Green Hall, Third Floor Computer Lab, 1535 W. 15th St.
Tuesday: 1–3:30 p.m., Penn House, 1035 Pennsylvania St.
Wednesday: 3–5:45 p.m., Green Hall, Third Floor Computer Lab, 1535 W. 15th St.
Thursday: 3–4:45 p.m., Ballard Center, 708 Elm AND 5–6:30 p.m., Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority Resident Services, 1600 Haskell Ave., Apt. 187
Saturday: 10–11:45 a.m., Green Hall, Third Floor Computer Lab, 1535 W. 15th St.
No sessions will be held Saturday, Feb. 22; Monday, Feb. 24; Wednesday, March 5, or from March 15 to March 23.