The pandemic hasn’t delayed tax day, and business students from Cal State Long Beach are poised to process qualified taxpayers’ tax returns exclusively online this year.
The organizers of the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program have created a link that taxpayers can use to make an online appointment with a preparer from Monday to Friday. The parties meet via Zoom and fill out the tax return via a virtual environment. Dates take place until March 26th.
VITA offers two online tax days from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on February 20 and March 13 for those who cannot hold a meeting during the week. These tax days were held on campus in the past, but this year they will also be online. No appointment is required.
More than 50 Internal Revenue Service-certified English- and Spanish-speaking College of Business volunteers are offering free income tax returns to taxpayers with income levels of $ 57,000 or less. Students can help taxpayers with special tax credits that they might qualify for, such as: B. Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit.
Last year, volunteer students filed more state and federal tax returns that reimbursed more than $ 1 million.
VITA is an IRS program that provides free income tax preparation to low-income students, the elderly, non-residents, the disabled, and those with limited English language skills.
Prior to arrival, individuals should have the necessary documentation, such as:
- Government-issued photo ID (i.e. driver’s license)
- Government-issued social security card (or documents with individual tax identification number – ITIN) (no photocopies or pictures)
- All W-2 and 1099 (if any)
- Other income and expense information
- Total Tuition and Expenses Paid (Form 1098-T)
- Total costs for children / day care centers
- Address, phone number and identification number of the day carer or care provider (SSN or EIN)
- Bank account and routing number (invalid check) for direct payment of the refund
- Last year’s tax return is helpful, but not required
- In order to file taxes electronically on a tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms
This press release was produced by California State University at Long Beach. The views expressed here are the author’s own.