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UW-Green Bay students to provide free income tax preparation assistance

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UW-Green Bay students will be providing free income tax preparation assistance beginning Tuesday, Feb. 4 and continuing twice a week through Wednesday, April 2.

The help is designed for low-income individuals and families, the elderly and students and is offered through the Internal Revenue Service’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

Return preparation begins Feb. 4 and will run through Wednesday, April 2. However, no service will be provided the week of March 17 because of the University’s spring break.

Scheduled times and Green Bay locations for tax assistance are:
• Tuesdays, 5 to 8 p.m., Brown County Public Library, 515 Pine St, Green Bay
• Wednesdays, 5 to 8 p.m., The Salvation Army, 626 Union Court, Green Bay

Appointments are necessary for both sites and can be made by calling (920) 465-2575. The service, including filing Federal and Wisconsin income tax returns electronically, is provided at no cost to taxpayers.

To assist volunteers, taxpayers should bring: Social Security cards for each member of the family; federal and Wisconsin income tax returns for 2012 if available; current year information, including W-2 forms showing wages earned and 1099 forms reporting interest, dividends, pensions or Social Security benefits received in 2013; tuition payment statements (form 1098-T); receipts for property taxes paid in 2013; rent certificates and/or a copy of their 2013 property tax bill if they might be able to claim the Wisconsin Homestead Credit; information regarding other receipts such as per capita income distribution and SSI payments; a record of any estimated tax payments made last year; and a void check from a checking account or deposit slip from a savings account to allow for direct deposit of a refund.

For more information, visit the VITA website at www.uwgb.edu/vita/.

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