Author: Courtney Walters
Date: February 3, 2017
Categories: Business

Houghton College business students are once again offering free income tax preparation to qualifying Allegany County residents.

The business department at the college is working in conjunction with the Allegany County United Way to offer free tax preparation through the Internal Revenue Service’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

This initiative offers free tax return preparation for people with low to moderate incomes (generally a return income below $54,000) who need help preparing their own returns. 

Completing and filing taxes on time is an important part of financial stability. By offering assistance with both federal and state returns free of charge and answering the confusing questions that come with filling out the returns, Houghton students are serving and giving back to the community that has served them. Their electronic filing method shortens the wait time for refunds, allowing residents quicker access to any funds they are entitled to.

Student volunteers must pass IRS online tests before being certified for the program and can help those who qualify for special credits, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit, the Child Tax Credit, and others.

The VITA program will be preparing returns on Wednesday evenings from February 8th through March 29th (except March 1st) and on Saturday, March 18th, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in room 303 of the Houghton College library.

To schedule an appointment, dial 2-1-1 or 800.346.2211. Other questions can be directed to Aaron Eisenhardt at