VITA program again providing free tax preparation assistance
Lakeland College and Lakeshore Technical College are partnering again to help collect tax refunds for area residents who need it the most.
Students in the accounting program from each institution will provide free tax preparation and electronic filing for low income tax filers. This service is available through the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA), which is designed to help low-to-moderate income people file their tax returns. Schenck SC and Guaranty Bank are sponsoring the VITA program again this year.
Students from Lakeland will be available at the Sheboygan Salvation Army, 710 Pennsylvania Ave. The tax preparation service will be open on Thursdays from 5-9 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. starting Feb. 4 and ending April 7. The service is also available at LTC's Cleveland campus on Tuesday nights from 6-9 p.m. starting Feb. 2.
Last year, Lakeland and LTC students prepared and filed over 500 returns that helped local taxpayers collect approximately $1 million in refunds.
People interested in taking advantage of this free service must have income of less than $54,000 a year. Applicants must bring a photo ID; social security cards for themselves, their spouse and dependents; W-2 forms; 1099 forms; rent certificate or 2015 property tax bill; and a copy of their 2014 tax return. Returns cannot be done for those taxpayers having income from outside Wisconsin sources, those having complex tax returns, those having rental income, those who are non-U.S. residents and those who are married filing separately.
Reservations are required for the tax service and are being accepted now. The number to call for reservations at the Salvation Army is (920) 565-1000 ext. 2290. Phone calls are accepted between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The number to call for reservations at LTC is (920) 693-1398. Phone calls for the LTC site are accepted between 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday.