Students in Accounting Lecturer Christine Kuglin’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance course will offer free tax preparation services to students, staff and faculty with household earnings less than $53,000 in 2015.
Free tax preparation by appointment began Feb. 2.
When: Tuesdays, noon–3:30 p.m.
Where: Student Success Building, Room 234
Appointments can be scheduled through April 12 by contacting Kuglin at email@example.com. The typical tax filing can take anywhere from a 60-90 minutes depending on the complexity of the return.
Students will also offer walk-in tax preparation at the Denver Asset Building Coalition.
When: Tuesday nights from 5:30-8:30 p.m. and Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: Emily Griffith Technical College
Clients should arrive by 7 p.m. to receive services. Student tax preparers will use IRS TaxWise software to file returns electronically on behalf of clients. All eligible students, faculty and staff are encouraged to take advantage of free tax assistance by visiting the locations on and off campus.
MSU Denver has been a supporter of the IRS-sponsored VITA program for more than three decades, helping Denver area lower-income individuals and families with their tax returns. The class is affiliated with the Denver Asset Building Coalition, Emily Griffith Technical College and the Piton Foundation, a group of community-based nonprofit, government and private organizations.
Historically, undergraduates have been the primary tax consultants for the VITA program, but that has changed in recent years under Kuglin’s leadership. “We now have fully integrated both the undergraduate and graduate programs in accounting into our VITA consulting so we can support the community and student learning in a more comprehensive way,” said Kuglin. “This year we have 65 undergraduates and seven graduate students who have offered their time for tax and small business consulting.”