Free Tax Preparation Available

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Income tax season is upon us and it is time to gather up the paperwork.  As you look things over, this may be a good time to get some help.
Indiana University South Bend is working with the United Way of St. Joseph County, Tri-County Tax Team and the Internal Revenue Service to provide free tax service for low and mid-income residents ($49,000 and under).  Taxpayers must have an appointment to take advantage of the service. Call 2-1-1 to schedule a visit. Appointments can be made onsite. (Remember if you call from on campus, dial 9 first.)

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) will be at IU South Bend from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 30, Feb. 13, Feb 27 and March 6 in Wiekamp Hall on Mishawaka Avenue.
Preparers also will be at Ivy Tech Community College, South Bend, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 30 and Feb. 20.
Rita Jodharam, area coordinator for VITA and a graduate student at IU South Bend, said taxpayers will go through stations to make sure they have the correct paperwork such as W-2,1099s, property tax statements, Social Security card and picture identification.
The forms will be prepared and checked before they are filed electronically.
The goal is to assist as many people as possible, including students, and to get them as many credits as possible.
The IU South Bend site is prepared to help about 15 people every 30 minutes.
Other sites, dates and times are: Ardmore –LaSalle Church of God, Feb. 1 through 5 from 9 a.m. to noon; Battell Center, Mishawaka, Feb. 4 through April 1 (Thursdays only) from 2 to 6 p.m.; Notre Dame Center, downtown South Bend Feb. 5 through April 2 from 9 a.m. to noon; South Bend Housing Authority, Feb. 2 through April 14 (Tuesdays and Thursdays only) from 9 to 11 a.m. and 2 to 4 p.m.; United Way of St. Joseph County, Feb. 2 through March 30, (Tuesdays only) from 3 to 8 p.m., Plymouth High School, Feb. 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Salvation Army, Elkhart , call 574-970-0088 for dates, ours and appointments.
The sponsor of the VITA are IU South Bend, Ivy Tech Community College - South Bend Campus, University of Notre Dame, Downtown South Bend, Notre Dame Legal Aid Students, Community Forum for Economic Development, Housing Authority of South Bend, Battell Center, AFL-CIO Community Service, Bethel Business Machines, Salvation Army of Elkhart, IRS, McGladrey & Pullen LLP, Ardmore Church of Christ, United Way of Elkhart County, United Way of Marshall County and United Way of St. Joseph County and the Tri-County Tax Team.