Ivy Tech students offer free tax filing assistance under new program

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Ivy Tech accounting students and faculty are providing free tax help to qualified income tax filers this season.

Both students and volunteers have been trained and certified under the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.

The program offers free assistance to filers with household incomes under $50,000 who cannot prepare their own tax returns.

Volunteer students will also help filers with any special credits such as Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and Credit for the Elderly.

Tax assistance will be available on the first floor of Ivy Hall in Room 2331. Which is located on the Ivy Tech campus at 3101 South Creasy Lane in Lafayette.

Tax filers must make an appointment by calling 765-269-5848.

No appointments will be made during the college’s spring break held March 13-20.

Returns will be electronically submitted to the IRS at no cost.

To electronically file a joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms. Tax filers can expect to receive any tax refunds within 7-14 days in most cases.

Taxpayers should bring a government-issued photo identification, Social Security cards and birth dates for all persons listed on the tax return, income and tax forms.

Taxpayers should also have information on property taxes or any rent paid, any IRS notices, a copy of last year’s tax return, amount paid for child care and child care provider’s tax ID number, any college tuition statement or college bookstore receipts, and a blank or cancelled check if direct deposit is desired.

Each return will then be reviewed. Students must complete a verification checklist before submitting the return electronically.