Free tax assistance to be held at CCU

vgrooms@thesunnews.comFebruary 11, 2014 

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service, will offer free tax assistance at Coastal Carolina University from Feb. 18 through April 3, according to a release from the university.

Taxpayers who earn less than $50,000 can have CCU accounting students prepare and e-file basic tax returns. The service will be held in room 204 of the E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-7 p.m. The service will not be available during CCU’s spring break, March 10-14.

Taxpayers must bring a photo ID, Social Security cards for themselves and their dependents, W-2s, 1099s, tuition statements (form 1098-T), a copy of last year’s tax return and any other information regarding their income taxes. Bring a voided check to obtain a direct deposit of any refund. Both spouses must be present to sign the consent form for a married-filing-joint tax return, and students must know if they are a dependent on their parents’ tax return.

An organized and summarized list of medical expenses (including health insurance) and charitable contributions will be needed for itemizing deductions. Itemized deductions for 2013 need to exceed $6,000 if single or $12,000 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 Carol Cissel at ccissel@coastal.edu or 349-2864.

Contact VICKI GROOMS at 443-2401 or follow her at Twitter.com/TSN_VickiGrooms.

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