Tax Preparation

Drury College is making adjustments to its annual free tax preparation service throughout a pandemic

SPRINGFIELD, MO (KY3) – Drury University students will be offering their free tax preparation starting Saturday February 6th through an IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) website. The annual tax preparation service is public and accessible designed to help low-income taxpayers.

According to Dr. Tiffany Cossey, Associate Professor of Accounting, is a service that low-income taxpayers rely on. So it was important to continue it as it can save them hundreds of dollars. Dr. Cossey says the university is seeing firsthand the direct impact and benefits it has for both taxpayers and students.

“I see the effects on our students! You will become confident professionals and really gain a lot of confidence and experience in the process. It lets them know that what they have learned can be applied and that they can go out into the world and do it. “

The service is again offered at the Breech School of Business Administration, located on the northeast corner of Drury Lane and Central Street. However, this year the process will change due to the precautionary measures for COVID-19, including:

  • Drury offers a drop-off service. Taxpayers can file taxes on a walk-through basis and then schedule an appointment to collect the completed tax returns.
  • To limit contact, only the taxpayer and spouse should be present to submit the forms. Children and other parties are asked not to accompany the taxpayer unless such accompaniment is necessary to assist them.
  • Taxpayers are asked to wear masks when entering the building and to bring a mobile phone to facilitate contact.
  • Enter the Breech building through the doors at the north end of the building. Once inside, taxpayers will put their name and cell phone number on a list and asked to return to their cars to wait for a call.
  • To avoid close contact and the spread of COVID-19, taxpayers are not allowed to gather in the building before the dispensing clinic opens or while waiting for delivery.

The delivery takes place at the following times:

Saturday, February 6th: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Monday, February 8th: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Wednesday 10 February: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Saturday, February 13th: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Monday, February 15: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Wednesday, February 17th: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Please note that the clinic only works within the specified times.

All returns are submitted electronically unless the IRS requests a manual return. All taxpayers must be available to sign the appropriate forms for joint tax returns. Tax returns are only submitted after the taxpayer has collected the completed return and signed the required approval forms.

As in previous years, taxpayers must bring:

  • Photo ID and social security cards for yourself and your relatives
  • All tax documents they received including all W-2 forms, 1099 forms, and brokerage returns.
  • A copy of their state and federal tax returns for 2019 to help speed the filing process.

Due to the restrictions imposed by the federal government, voluntary income tax support programs cannot assist taxpayers who filed for bankruptcy or filed for bankruptcy during the tax year, owns rental property, has their own business with inventory, depreciable real estate, or who have had an aggregate loss for the year and certain situations where a taxpayer has received debt relief.

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