Tax Preparation

“Serving Our Neighborhood”: College of North Georgia college students provide free tax prep

This year, undergraduate business administration students in accounting and finance are preparing their returns, and master’s accounting students are helping with the preparation and review, Best said.

Seniors Millie Burger, Abigail Duncan and JoAn Jean-Baptiste completed an individual tax class, so they’re knowledgeable about tax law, Nash said.

“I’m excited about the opportunity,” Burger said. “In addition to helping people, it gives me experience because I haven’t had an internship before.”

There are some notable changes to taxes this year. Nash said taxpayers must report the amount of federal stimulus money they receive to ensure they get the full amount. The grants are not taxable.

Additionally, the child tax credit and dependent care credit are fully refundable and will increase in 2021, Nash added. The families were able to receive part of these funds as advance payments during the year, the tax return helps them to receive the remaining credits.

This is Nash’s sixth year leading the program. She said the program serves 100-115 taxpayers a year.

The VITA Scholarship Program is an IRS initiative to support a free tax preparation service for underserved individuals through various partner organizations. This service helps low- to middle-income people, people with disabilities, the elderly and people with limited English speaking with their tax returns each year.

Taxpayers can email vita@ung.edu or call 706-867-3082 to schedule a time. Residents should bring the documents listed by the IRS with them at the time of their appointment at Newton Oakes Room 015 on the UNG’s Dahlonega campus. Returns are submitted electronically with a direct deposit if necessary.

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