January 31, 2013
Houghton Offers Free Income Tax Preparation Service
Houghton College business students are once again offering free income tax preparation to Allegany County residents.
The Houghton College Business Department is working in conjunction with The United Way of Allegany County and is offering the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. This program offers free tax return preparation for people with low to moderate income (family income below $51,000), who need or would like help preparing their own returns. The student volunteers can help with special credits, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit, and the Child Tax Credit, for those eligible. Electronic filing is free and will shorten the wait time for refunds compared to the wait time when returns are filed on paper. Both federal and New York returns will be prepared.
The VITA program requires that all student volunteers pass online tests to become certified to prepare returns. The VITA program gives the students an opportunity to apply their classroom knowledge to preparing actual returns.
Appointments are necessary and can be scheduled by emailing Amy Dial at Amy.Dial13@houghton.edu or by calling the Houghton College Public Events office at 585-567-9210 Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Appointments will be conducted at Houghton College in the Library, room 303, from 6-8 p.m. on Monday evenings from February 4 through March 18, and on Saturday, February 23, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.