UCO ACCOUNTING STUDENTS OFFER FREE INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE TO THE PUBLIC

The University of Central Oklahoma’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program will provide free income tax preparation and e-filing to UCO students, faculty, staff and the public Feb. 2 – April 11.

The VITA program, sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service, offers free tax help to low-income taxpayers, persons with disabilities and limited English-speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns.

VITA will provide services Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2-4:30 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in Room 107 in the College of Business building on Central’s campus. VITA will be closed March 11-18 for UCO’s spring break.

The UCO VITA staff consists of accounting students who have passed at least three tests to qualify them to prepare income tax returns. UCO accounting faculty members supervise the students and check each return for accuracy.

Those seeking assistance should bring all necessary tax documents, including social security cards for themselves and dependents, W-2 forms, and 1099 forms from banks, brokerages, contract work and other income sources. Receipts from charitable contributions and educational and day care expenses should also be included.

International students must bring passports, visas and any 1042-S forms received from 2016 employers, as well as W-2 and 1099 forms and charitable contribution receipts.

All services are first come, first serve. As a free public service, UCO VITA gives priority to help those most in need.

U.S. residents with an adjusted gross income of $64,000 or less in 2016 may also prepare their own federal and state tax returns free at business.uco.edu/vita.

For more information on VITA, visit business.uco.edu/vita or contact Mary Sheets, Ph.D, a UCO professor of accounting, at msheets@uco.edu or at 405-974-2834.