Students offering free tax-filing assistance

For immediate release: Feb. 4, 2010

BLOOMSBURG — The Student Accounting Association of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania is offering free tax help to qualified residents of Columbia and Montour counties. Assistance will be available Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Feb.15 to April 14, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Wesley United Methodist Church, 130 W. Third St., Bloomsburg. Assistance will not be available March 8, 9 and 10, and April 5.

Volunteers will provide free electronic filing for low- to moderate-income residents and those ages 60 and older who cannot prepare their own federal or state income tax returns. Students will also provide information on the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), the largest federal program for working families.

Taxpayers seeking help should bring this year's tax package, wage and earnings statements for all employers (Form W-2), interest statements from banks (Form 1099), a copy of last year's tax returns and other relevant income and expense information.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.