Students offer tax help to campus and community

Truman State’s professional financial organization, Beta Alpha Psi, is offering its annual tax assistance program to Truman students and Kirksville residents throughout February and March.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, or VITA, is a program BAP hosts every year during the spring tax season. This year, VITA volunteers will be available at Violette Hall, room 1424, certain Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. throughout the next two months. The specific dates are Feb. 22, March 1, March 22 and March 29.

VITA Vice President Kelsey Collier said the program offers students and local residents the opportunity to take advantage of resources that aren’t available elsewhere in the Kirksville area or online.

“We’re an IRS sponsored program, so we get software … that is a little bit more capable than just what you can find online and what the smaller Kirksville tax places are capable of,” Collier said, including tax returns for international students.

Collier said more than 100 IRS certified students, mostly members of BAP, are volunteering with VITA this year. BAP received training program assistance from Truman’s chapter of Enactus, a national economic development organization.

Free tax service from VITA has one condition. Only clients filing simple tax returns will receive assistance.

For more information about VITA and a list of specific items needed to file a return — such as earnings statements, W-2 form and other financial information — visit bap.truman.edu/vita.

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