Student group offers tax-filing help

For Immediate Release:  Feb. 3, 2015

BLOOMSBURG— The Student Accounting Association at Bloomsburg University is providing free tax help to qualified residents of Columbia and Montour counties. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program offers free tax preparation to low- to moderate-income individuals and families.

Assistance will be available from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from Monday, Feb. 9, to Wednesday, April 8, at Wesley United Methodist Church, 130 W. Third St., Bloomsburg. The site will be closed March 9, 10 and 11. Walk-ins and drop-offs are welcome.

Volunteer tax preparers, trained and certified by the Internal Revenue Service, will prepare and e-file federal, state and local income returns at no cost for low- to moderate-income residents and those age 60 and older. The volunteers are trained in current tax laws and special tax credits, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit, the Child Tax Credit and the Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled. By filing returns electronically and in conjunction with direct deposit, federal refunds can be received in seven to 10 business days.

Taxpayers should bring wage and earnings statements for all employees (Form W-2), interest statements from banks (Form 1099), information regarding health care coverage for 2014 (Form 1095), proof of identification, identification of spouse and dependents, a copy of last year’s tax returns, proof of bank account routing numbers and account numbers for direct deposit (such as a blank check), and other relevant income and expense information. If planning to file with a spouse, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.