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Law, business students offer free tax preparation service

Tue, 01/29/2013

LAWRENCE – Law and business students from the University of Kansas are offering free tax services for those who qualify from Feb. 13 through April 15.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program prepares returns for taxpayers who are Kansas, Missouri or Illinois residents making less than $51,000 per year and not itemizing deductions. Last year, students prepared about 250 federal and state tax returns.

Law student Michael Keenan is coordinating this year’s program, with about 30 other law and business students helping to prepare returns.

“VITA benefits both the community and the university. Community members are able to receive free income tax assistance to make sure they’re doing their taxes correctly and ask questions when they’re uncertain,” Keenan said. “The students have a chance to use their tax knowledge to give back to the community and get hands-on experience working with real clients.”

Stephen Mazza, dean of the law school and professor of law, serves as the VITA faculty coordinator.

The program operates on a first-come, first-served basis and does not schedule appointments. For specific information, call (785) 864-9227 or email vita@ku.edu.

Spring 2013 Schedule

Monday: 6-8:45 p.m., Green Hall, Computer Lab 306D, Third Floor Library, 1535 W. 15th St.

Tuesday: 3-4 p.m., Penn House, 1035 Pennsylvania St.

Wednesday: 3-5:45 p.m., Green Hall, Computer Lab 306D, Third Floor Library, 1535 W. 15th St.

Thursday: 3-4:45 p.m., Ballard Center, 708 Elm St.; and 5-6:45 p.m., Lawrence Housing Authority, 1600 Haskell Ave. #187

Saturday: 10-11:45 a.m., Green Hall, Computer Lab 306D, Third Floor Library, 1535 W. 15th St.

No sessions will be held Feb. 23, March 2, March 4 and March 18-23.



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