Milligan University’s VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program has provided citizens with free, IRS-certified tax return preparation for over a decade.
This year, the program, sponsored by the Bank of Tennessee and Carter County Bank, will take place at Milligan’s Hardin Hall from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on three Saturdays during the 2021 registration season, February 27, March 13, and April 3. Appointments are required and can be made at www.milligan.edu/vita or by calling 423-461-8700.
The website follows COVID-19 safety precautions, including masks and social distancing. Initial meetings are held outside in a covered breeze, and then tax returns are prepared while taxpayers wait in their car. All questions are answered by phone.
Milligan’s VITA program offers a free alternative that offers the same quick refunds as the paid prep offer. Over the years, student volunteers have completed hundreds of tax returns, saving local taxpayers thousands of dollars, with each customer receiving an average of more than $ 1,000 in refunds.
Under the supervision of the faculty at the William B. Greene Jr. School of Business & Technology, Milligan students are extensively trained and certified by the Internal Revenue Service to prepare tax returns for taxpayers in Johnson City, Elizabethton and the surrounding area.
“VITA is a practical and practical way for our students to make a positive difference and become ministerial leaders in their community,” said Dr. David Campbell, Chair of Economics and Professor of Economics. “We value our partnership with the Bank of Tennessee and Carter County Bank as we provide this important service to our community.”
Taxpayers eligible for VITA services include: Individuals with an annual income of less than $ 64,000; People with a physical disability; non-English speaking citizens; and people older than 55 years. In addition to electronic filing for quick filing of tax returns, VITA volunteers can inform taxpayers about special tax credits that they can qualify for, e.g. B. Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and Elderly Or Elderly Disabled Credit.
Every taxpayer participating in VITA must submit a questionnaire for inclusion / survey. A completed form is only required if the registration status is “Joint registration married”. The form can be completed before an appointment.
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