Creighton University is offering tax assistance for those who need it at no charge. The Creighton University College of Business is hosting its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program throughout the month of February.
Erica McDonald, Student Coordinator for the VITA program, says Creighton has partnered with the IRS on the program for over 40 years.
McDonald says the clinics not only help taxpayers, but also the students at Creighton who are helping prepare the taxes.
She says each student preparer must be certified through the IRS for the program. Students pick up tax knowledge and then get to use that knowledge immediately in a real-world situation.
"The IRS sets an income limit at $54,000. So anyone below that threshold, we can file their taxes. And essentially we are just preparing the 1040 and any additional necessary schedules. And then we will e-file all returns.”
McDonald says last year, the tax clinics served nearly 300 individuals and families and the total of all refunds amounted to just about $300,000.
The last session of the month is Saturday, February 24th from 9-5 in the Harper Center, Room 3023 on the Creighton campus. Individuals will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis.
People who need assistance will need to bring some form of ID, a W2 for each job they held in 2017 and some form of social security information for themselves, their spouse and dependents.