James Hubbard III, a senior accounting major from Wabbaseka, is among several University of Arkansas at Little Rock students helping people file their taxes free on campus, according to a news release.
Students are working at a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program certified by the Internal Revenue Service.
Members of UA Little Rock’s Beta Alpha Psi started the VITA program at UA Little Rock last year. Students who are participating as volunteer tax preparers, led by Student Coordinator Hubbard, include Mikayla Corbitt, Joe Griffith, Christina Gu, Jessalyn Jackson, Daniel Nwachuku, Simranjit Kaur, Taylor Lemus, Hitaxiben Patel, and Katie You, as well as alumnus Dave’cia Randall.
The VITA program offers free tax help to people who make $54,000 or less, people with disabilities, non-residents, and limited English-speaking taxpayers who need help preparing their tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals. However, they are unable to prepare tax returns for individuals who are self employed or contribute to a health savings account, according to the release.
Tax preparation and filing assistance will be available on a walk-in basis every Wednesday through April 3 from 1-6:30 p.m. in Reynolds Business Center Room 104 at UA Little Rock. The center will be closed March 20 due to spring break.
Taxpayers have an option to prepare their own free simple federal and state tax return using web-based tax preparation software using an onsite computer. To have a return prepared by a volunteer, members of the public should bring a valid photo identification, Social Security card, W-2s, 1099 forms, a copy of last year’s tax return, and any other information and forms concerning income and expenses for 2018.
Faculty members from the UA Little Rock Department of Accounting and students from the UA Little Rock Accounting Society and Beta Alpha Psi have been training for months to provide tax help for the public.