CCU offers free tax assistance through VITA

Free tax assistance will be available at Coastal Carolina University beginning Tuesday, Feb. 17, through Thursday, April 2, through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service. The University’s accounting students will prepare and e-file basic tax returns for taxpayers with earnings of less than $53,000.

Assistance will be available in room 204 of the E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration on Tuesdays from 4:30 to 7 p.m. and Thursdays from 2 to 7 p.m. There will be no VITA hours from March 9 through March 13 due to spring break.

Please bring a photo ID, Social Security cards for you and your dependents, W-2s, 1099s, tuition statements (form 1098-T), a copy of last year’s tax return and any other information regarding your income taxes. To obtain a direct deposit of any refund, please bring a voided check. On a married-filing-jointly tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the consent form. If you are a student, you must know whether you are a dependent on your parents’ tax return.          

If you plan to itemize your deductions, bring an organized and summarized list of medical expenses (including health insurance) and charitable contributions. For 2014, your itemized deductions would need to exceed $6,200 if single or $12,400 if married filing jointly; otherwise, the standard deduction will result in less tax.

Tax returns will be prepared on a first-come, first-served basis. No tax returns can be started within one hour of closing time.

For more information, contact Dave Mason, associate professor of accounting, at jmason@coastal.edu or 843-349-4147.

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