UW-Green Bay students to provide free income tax help

UW-Green Bay students will continue a longstanding tradition this tax season, providing free income tax preparation assistance for low-income individuals and families, the elderly and students. Thanks to the IRS’ Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, students will be available twice weekly to help navigate returns, beginning Feb. 4 and lasting through April 2. Help is available from 5-8 p.m. Tuesdays at the Brown County Central Library, 515 Pine St., Green Bay; and 5-8 p.m. Wednesdays at The Salvation Army, 626 Union Court, Green Bay. Appointments are required and can be made by calling (920) 465-2575. Taxpayers should bring several documents; see a complete list, and more information about the program.

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

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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Students continue tradition of tax prep help

UW-Green Bay students once again are providing free income tax assistance for low-income individuals and families, the elderly and students through the IRS’ Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Return prep began the week of Feb. 11 and will run through Wednesday, April 3. However, no service will be provided next week because of spring break. For more information, including times, locations and how to make an appointment, check out our news release.

UW-Green Bay students providing free income tax assistance through April 3

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay students are again providing free income tax assistance for low-income individuals and families, the elderly and students through the Internal Revenue Service’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

Return preparation began the week of Feb. 11, and will run through Wednesday, April 3. However, no service will be provided the week of March 18 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) 465-2829. 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 2011 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 2012; tuition payment statements (Form 1098-T); receipts for property taxes paid in 2012; a rent certificate and/or a copy of their 2012 property tax bill if they might be able to claim the Wisconsin Homestead Credit; information regarding other receipts such as per capita income distributions 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, email albersp@uwgb.edu or visit the VITA website at www.uwgb.edu/vita.

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Loebl talks income-tax prep with Channel 5 morning crew

Our own Prof. Jim Loebl got up well before the crack of dawn Tuesday (Feb. 14) to appear live on WFRV, Channel 5’s morning show. During segments that aired at 5:45 and 6:15 a.m., Loebl, Business Administration, talked about UW-Green Bay’s long-running involvement with the IRS’ Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, which prepares income taxes for low-income or elderly individuals at no cost. The program began this week and continues through Thursday, April 5, with students providing help from 5-8 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (except during spring break, the week of March 12) at three different Green Bay locations.

You can view one of the segments, and access more info about the VITA program, by clicking the links below:
WFRV, Channel 5 / UWGB press release

Students to offer free tax help, starting Feb. 14

UW-Green Bay students once again will offer free income tax preparation help for students, low-income individuals and the elderly this tax season. Beginning Feb. 14 and running through April 5, students will be available to help during three-hour blocks three times a week (appointments required). The IRS’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is one of UW-Green Bay’s longest-running community-service activities.  Full details.
 

UW-Green Bay students to provide free income tax assistance beginning Feb. 14

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay students again will provide free income tax assistance for low-income individuals and families, the elderly and students through the Internal Revenue Service’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

Return preparation begins the week of Feb. 13, and runs through Thursday, April 5. However, no service will be provided the week of March 12 because of the University’s spring break.

Scheduled times and Green Bay locations for tax assistance are:

  • Tuesdays, 5 to 8 p.m., Oneida Community Education Center, 2632 South Packerland Drive
  • Wednesdays, 5 to 8 p.m., The Salvation Army, 626 Union Court
  • Thursdays, 5 to 8 p.m., Brown County Public Library, 515 Pine St.

Appointments are necessary for all three sites and can be made by calling (920) 465-2141. 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 2010 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 2011; tuition payment statements (Form 1098-T); receipts for property taxes paid in 2011; a rent certificate and/or a copy of their 2011 property tax bill if they might be able to claim the Wisconsin Homestead Credit; information regarding other receipts such as per capita income distributions 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.

The VITA program targets taxpayers entitled to claim the Wisconsin Homestead Credit and federal earned income and college education credits — especially the American Opportunity Credit, said faculty adviser James Loebl, assistant professor of Business Administration. The maximum amounts that a taxpayer can claim for 2011 are: $1,168 for the Homestead Credit, $2,500 for the American Opportunity Credit, and $5,751 for the federal earned income credit (for a taxpayer with three qualifying children). The earned income credit and the Homestead Credit are fully refundable, while up to 40 percent, or $1,000, of the American Opportunity Credit is refundable. With a refundable credit, the taxpayer uses the credit to first reduce the tax owed and then receives the excess as a refund. So, if the taxpayer has no tax liability, he or she receives the full amount of the credit in the form of a refund.

For more information, e-mail loeblj@uwgb.edu or visit the VITA website at: www.uwgb.edu/vita.

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