Tax Season Is Here

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Maggie Frakes

Staff Writer

Now that the holiday celebrations are over and the new year is under way, the million-dollar question seems to be, “Where is my W-2?”  Some students have never worried about this before because their parents have taken care of filing in years past.  However, attending a community college means that younger students will start claiming themselves, so it is critical to find a person and a place to assist in the process of filing.  The problem is that filing taxes can be pricy.

Myfreetaxes.com is a great website to consider.  The Walmart Foundation, One Economy Corporation, and the National Disability Institute’s Real Economy Impact Tour provide this service.  As the name states, it is a free tax filing website.  The website is only beneficial to people who earned less than $57,000 in the filing year.

L&C students have the option of getting assistance from an IRS Certified VITA Volunteer Preparer on hand in the Reid Memorial Library.  The preparer is available to walk students through the process of filing their taxes online, step-by-step, for free.  What to bring:

  • Social Security or Individual Taxpayer Identification (ITIN) for each family member and all working adults
  • W-2s, 1099s, and other income forms
  • Childcare provider name, address, and tax ID
  • Bank routing and account numbers for checking and savings accounts

Volunteers will be available in the library from 10:00 a.m. – 2 p.m.  on Thursdays from January 26 through April 12.

 

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