An accounting student helps an individual utilizing the free tax preparation services provided by the Jake Jabs College of Business & EntrepreneurshipAccounting students from Montana State University’s Jake Jabs College of Business & Entrepreneurship (JJCBE) are offering free tax preparation assistance for MSU students and individuals who made less than $58,000 last year.

The 2015 help sessions will be held on the MSU campus in Reid Hall 302. No appointment is necessary and sign-up sheets will be posted at 5:00 p.m. before each session. Sessions will be held from 5:30-7:00 p.m. on the following dates: Feb. 10, 17, 24; March 3, 5, 17, 24, 26, 31; and April 7. Tax assistance for international students and employees begins Feb. 24. 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 assistance should bring their 2014 W-2 forms,Forms 1095-A, B, or C (Affordable Care Statements), other tax documents, picture ID, and copies of their 2013 tax returns (if available). International students and employees should also bring their passports and visas.

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 & Entrepreneurship and Beta Alpha Psi, an honorary organization for financial information students and professionals.

For more information, please email [email protected].