Accounting Association offers tax-filing help

For Immediate Release:  Jan. 29, 2014

As in past years, this service is being provided at one location only, Wesley United Methodist Church, Bloomsburg. Information provided previously by another organization erroneously included a location in Berwick.

BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University's Student Accounting Association is providing free tax help to low- to moderate-income individuals and families from Columbia and Montour counties through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program.

Help will be available from 4 to 8 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from Feb. 10 to April 9 at Wesley United Methodist Church, 130 W. Third St., Bloomsburg. The site will be closed March 17, 18 and 19.

Volunteers, trained and certified by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), will prepare and e-file federal, state and local income tax returns at no cost for low- to moderate-income residents and those age 60 and older. Volunteer training included the Earned Income Tax Credit, the Child Tax Credit and the Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled.

Taxpayers should bring:

  • wage and earnings statements for all employers, known as Form W-2
  • interest statements from banks, Form 1099
  • proof of identification for the taxpayer
  • his or her spouse and any dependents
  • a copy of last year’s tax return
  • a blank check or other proof of bank account routing numbers and account numbers for direct deposit
  • and any other relevant income and expense information

For those filing jointly, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms and provide proof of identification, such as a Social Security card or photo ID. Federal refunds generally are received within seven to 10 business days when returns are filed electronically and in conjunction with direct deposit.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university, celebrating 175 years of excellence in 2014, serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.