Lakeland, Lakeshore Tech team up to offer free tax prep
Lakeland University and Lakeshore Technical College (LTC) are partnering again this year 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. Lakeland started offering this service, which is available through the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA), in 2005. LTC students began participating in 2010. The program is designed to help low-to-moderate income people file their tax returns.
CliftonLarsonAllen is sponsoring the VITA program this year.
The service is available through LTC at its Cleveland campus, 1290 North Ave., and through Lakeland at the Sheboygan Salvation Army, 710 Pennsylvania Ave. Reservations are required for the tax service.
Last year, students from the two institutions prepared and filed approximately 400 returns that helped local taxpayers collect close to $1 million in refunds.
People interested in taking advantage of this free service must have income under $56,000 a year. Applicants must bring:
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-US residents and those who are married filing separately.