Tax Preparation for the Community

Inland residents can get free tax preparation assistance from Redlands accounting students as part of a community service learning project. The service is available in Duke Hall Room 200 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. each Monday through April 12, with the exception of March 1. A Spanish-speaking translator will be available and the building is wheelchair accessible.

The project is part of a partnership between the university and the Internal Revenue Service’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. VITA’s supervisor is Greg Lackey, a certified public accountant and Redlands graduate.

The program makes free tax preparation services available to low to moderate-income individuals and families. Typically, an income of $42,000 or lower is required to qualify.

Students are available to provide assistance with a number of forms, including the 1040 EZ, the 1040 A, 1040 V, 1040 ES and Schedule C EZ. Assistance with forms for education credits and child and dependent care credits also is available.

Program participants should bring their current year’s tax preparation package and/or label, all W-2 and 1099 forms, information showing other income, information for all potential deductions and tax credits, a copy of last year’s tax return, and a voided check or other proof of account for direct deposit or refund. Participants also should bring social security or individual taxpayer identification cards for all household members. Proof of identity also is needed.

Students assisting with taxes are enrolled in or have completed a junior-level accounting course.

Call 909-748-8288 for more information.

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