Student Group Offers Tax-Filing Help

For immediate release: Feb. 1, 2013

Student Accounting Association BLOOMSBURG — The Student Accounting Association at Bloomsburg University is once again providing free tax help to qualified residents of Columbia and Montour counties. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program offers tax preparation to low- to moderate-income individuals and families and those age 60 and older.

Help will be available from 4 to 8 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from Monday, Feb. 11, to Wednesday, April 10, at Wesley United Methodist Church, 130 W. Third St., Bloomsburg. The site will be closed March 18, 19 and 20.

Volunteer tax preparers will prepare and e-file federal, state and local income tax returns. The volunteers were trained and certified by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in areas including special tax credits, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit and Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled. By filing returns electronically and in conjunction with direct deposit, taxpayers can receive federal refunds in seven to 10 business days.

No appointment is needed. Taxpayers should bring wage and earnings statements for all employers (Form W-2); interest statements from banks (Form 1099); proof of identification for themselves, their spouses 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. For joint returns, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms.

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