VITA Provides Tax Services on Campus

Victoria Geary, Staff Writer

VITA is providing free tax preparation on campus every Thursday from 4-10 p.m.

The free services are provided for anyone who files a simple tax form which includes most college students. According to Helpline resource development specialist Heidi Bell-Grease, a lot of times people pay to have their taxes done when they really wouldn’t need to.

This program is aimed at elderly and low-income households with the idea of saving them money. The volunteers can help determine if taxpayers are entitles to the Earned Income Tax Credit even if they didn’t earn enough in 2015.

VITA programs use community volunteers who are trained and equipped to handle simple tax returns. Some of the VITA volunteers include Black Hills State University accounting students.

“This also gives us the opportunity to gain experience working with real-life situations and tax filing software. We work as a team to provide an accurate and dependable service for members of the community,” said BHSU student volunteer Marita Rasche.

VITA volunteers will be on campus doing taxes in Jonas Hall room 205 from 4-10 p.m. every Thursday except for Spring Break through April 15, 2016 . The BHSU campus location is not taking appointments only walk-ins.

For more information on other locations or what documents to bring, dial the Helpline at 211.