Pitt-Brad Students Help Residents Prepare Tax Returns

BRADFORD, Pa. — For the 21st consecutive year, accounting students at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will offer free income tax preparation for low- to moderate-income individuals and families.

Residents can receive assistance through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, also known as VITA, from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13, in Room 158 of the Pitt-Bradford Sport and Fitness Center. There will also be sessions from noon to 5 p.m. on Feb.26 and March 19.

The first session will be held on a Sunday this year instead of a Saturday due to a basketball game at the Sport and Fitness Center on Feb. 12. The session will be limited to the first 50 taxpayers who sign up that day. Those who cannot be accommodated will be put on a list for the second session on Feb. 26.

Students from the Pitt-Bradford Students in Free Enterprise club who have been certified by the IRS will prepare 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ and Pennsylvania state returns for individuals.

Families and individuals interested in participating in the program are asked to bring the 2010 tax package and label (if mailed to them), proof of identity, Social Security cards for themselves and any dependents, their 2009 tax return, hard copies of 2010  W-2 and 1099 forms, and proof of account (such as a voided check) for direct deposit of refunds if desired.

Residents who have significant income and expenses from their own businesses or people with a lot of investment activity should seek the assistance of a professional tax preparer.

Also, as part of an ongoing food drive, Students in Free Enterprise will collect nonperishable food at the VITA tax preparation site. Contributing to the food drive is not a requirement for the free tax preparation.


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