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UNI students offer free tax assistance

February 3, 2011

Christine Bauman, UNI associate professor of accounting and VITA program coordinator, 319-273-2968,

Debra Messerer, secretary, UNI Department of Accounting, 319-273-2928,

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Accounting students at the University of Northern Iowa are providing free income tax assistance again this year through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. The program will run from Feb. 7 through April 13, excluding the week of March 14 through 18 (spring break). Sessions are from 5 to 7 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays in the Curris Business Building Room 223. No appointment is necessary. Taxpayers are encouraged to arrive by 5:30 p.m. to allow students sufficient time to complete returns.

VITA was established by the Internal Revenue Service to help low-income people who may find it difficult to pay for tax preparation services. The program also provides accounting students an experiential learning opportunity as they work with taxpayers.

Students will be available to electronically prepare federal and state tax returns for eligible taxpayers but will not e-file tax returns. These students have completed a one-semester comprehensive tax course, have received additional training, and have access to a variety of federal and state reference materials.

Taxpayers seeking assistance should bring proof of identification; Form W-2, "Wage and Tax Statement," from each employer; Forms 1099 for such things as interest or dividends; social security cards for the taxpayer, spouse and dependents; a list of other income and expenses; Form 1098-T, "Tuition Payment Statement"; Form 1098-E, "Student Loan Interest Statement"; a copy of last year's tax return; banking information if you want the refund automatically deposited; and all other information pertinent to the 2010 tax return.  International students should also bring their passport, visas and Form 1042-S, "Foreign Persons U.S. Source Income Subject to Withholding."

For more information, call the UNI Department of Accounting at 319-273-2394.