CSU students offering income tax assistance, today

Accounting students at Clayton State University have been busy the past month reviewing all the tax changes for 2011. They are prepping to participate in the free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program.

The free tax service, which has been provided for the past 22 years, is offered by the CSU’s College of Business. Qualified tax filers can take advantage of one of several opportunities to use the service during the tax season –– this Saturday, Feb. 11, from 9 a.m., to 1 p.m.

“Taxpayers will be assisted on a first come, first-served basis,” said John Shiffert, director of University Relations. Taxpayers, who earn less than $49,000 a year, are eligible to receive help with their 2011 personal income taxes.

Shiffert said the program does not provide assistance for out-of-state, or small business returns, or for those who are self-employed.

If taxpayers have further questions, they can call the VITA hotline, at (678) 466-4527.

Shiffert said, for non-English-speaking persons, a Spanish translator will be available.

Appointments must be scheduled in advance.

Those interested in receiving this assistance must provide the following items: Photo identification; Social Security cards for themselves, their spouse, and dependents; birthdates; wage and earnings statements from all employers; interest and dividend statements; other relevant information about income and expenses, including daycare expenses; a copy of last year’s federal and state income tax returns, if possible; and bank routing, and account numbers, for direct deposit.

Shiffert noted that both spouses must be present to file electronically.

He pointed out that VITA is available on Facebook. He said users should search for “VITA for Clayton State,” or VITA can be found at: www.business.clayton.edu/jogden/volunteer_income_tax_assistance%20webpage.htm.