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MSU accounting students to offer free tax help

January 14, 2014 -- MSU News Service

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Accounting students from Montana State University’s Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship are offering free help preparing tax returns for MSU students and individuals who made less than $58,000 last year.

The help sessions will be held on the MSU campus in Reid Hall 302. No appointment is necessary, but sign-up sheets will be posted at 5 p.m. before each session. Sessions will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. on the following dates: Feb. 11, 18, 25, 27; March 4, 18, 25, 27; and April 1 and 8. At the sessions, upper-division accounting students will be available to prepare federal and state income tax returns and answer tax questions. Free electronic filing will be available for most 1040 forms.

Individuals who are interested in free tax preparation assistant should bring their 2013 W-2 forms, other tax documents, social security cards and copies of their 2012 tax returns (if available). International students and employees should also bring their passports and visa. Tax assistance for international students and employees begins Feb. 25.

The student accounting volunteers are part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, which was established by the Internal Revenue Service to assist people who may find it difficult to pay for tax preparation services. The program also gives accounting students practical experience.

Each student accounting volunteer has passed an IRS tax preparation exam, completed at least one comprehensive tax course, received specific training related to common tax issues, and has access to a variety of federal and state reference materials. The sessions are sponsored by the MSU Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship and Beta Alpha Psi, an honorary organization for financial information students and professionals.

For more information, email vita@montana.edu.

Contact: Audrey Capp, (406) 994-7026 or audrey.lee@montana.edu