Beginning Monday, Feb. 5, CSU, Chico’s chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, an honorary organization for financial information students and professionals, will offer free tax-preparation services thanks to a partnership with the Internal Revenue Service.
The free service is eligible for those who earned $60,000 or less in 2017.
VITA director Jeri Cassady noted that 63 VITA volunteers had another record-breaking year last year for their community service endeavor, preparing federal and state tax returns for 917 people, putting more than $1.25 million back into their pockets.
Those interested in the service are urged to bring:
- A copy of their 2017 tax return
- Social Security or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number cards for the entire family
- Photo identification
- Wages and earnings statements (including W-2, 1099 and 1098 forms)
- Documentation for deductions and credits
- Child care documentation, including provider identification number and amount paid
- A voided check for direct deposit of refund
Tax-preparation services will be available at the following dates, time and locations until April 4:
Chico Area Recreation and Park District (CARD) Community Center, 545 Vallombrosa Ave., Chico
Mondays, noon to 4 p.m.
Wednesdays, noon to 4 p.m.
Bell Memorial Union, CSU, Chico
Mondays, 4 to 8 p.m.
Wednesdays, 4 to 8 p.m.
Dorothy F. Johnson Center, 775 E. 16th St., Chico
Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tax-preparation services at all locations will be closed March 17-24 due to spring break.
VITA trains volunteers to provide tax-preparation services. Any student can volunteer with VITA, and all volunteers must pass tax exams at several levels, including Standards of Conduct, Intake/Quality Review and Advanced Tax exams.
If you are interested in volunteering, please email the student organization at firstname.lastname@example.org. Information on additional VITA sites and times is available at http://irs.treasury.gov/freetaxprep or by calling 530-988-8482.
Founded in 1919, Beta Alpha Psi has over 300 chapters on college and university campuses. The organization promotes the study and practice of accounting, finance and information systems; provides opportunities for self-development, service and association among members and practicing professionals; and encourages a sense of ethical, social and public responsibility.