Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Session
- Wednesday, March 4, 2020 from 4:30pm to 7:00pm
- Jake Jabs Hall, Room 211 - view map
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 $54,000 last year.
The 2020 help sessions will be held on the MSU campus in Jabs Hall 211 from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. on the following dates: Feb. 5, 12, 19, 24; March 4, 9, 11. There will be one additional Saturday session from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on March 7th. An appointment is required for all sessions. Please visit www.schedulicity.com/scheduling/MVKWD3 to view and book available appointments. One appointment only – if you make multiple bookings, you will be removed from all appointments on the schedule. A very small number of nonscheduled individuals will also be accepted each evening.
Tax assistance for international students and employees begins Wednesday, Feb. 12.
At the sessions, upper-division and graduate 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 2019 W-2 forms, Forms 1099, Forms 1095-A, B or C (Affordable Care statements), other tax documents, a picture ID, social security cards for each person listed on the return and copies of their 2018 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, or 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 [email protected].