Law students offer tax assistance

Law students offer tax assistance Thirty law students at The University of South Dakota will offer free income tax assistance through the Voluntary Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

VITA offers free federal income tax preparation and e-filing to low-income, elderly, and non-English speaking taxpayers.

VITA services will be offered at the Vermillion Public Library Monday and Thursday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. starting Feb. 14 and continuing through April 14. Those interested in receiving this free assistance are asked to bring their W-2 and 1099 forms along with their last year's tax return and any other pertinent tax information. Both walk-ins and appointments are accepted.

Students find the program to be rewarding both for themselves and the community.

"I was involved in this last year and found it to be very beneficial.�It provides a great service to the community and also allows the volunteers to get some good experience.�For some people, filing taxes can be a confusing process.�We are able to help these individuals and do it without any cost to them," said Nathan Buller, student volunteer.

Volunteers go through a rigorous training process and must pass a test before they are allowed to participate in the program. Last year approximately 15 students assisted 80 individuals. This year, the group expects to help even more individuals with double the volunteers.

For more information or to make an appointment, contact Dylan Wilde at 670-5294 or dwilde@usd.edu.

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