Lexington, VA • Tuesday, February 01, 2011
Students from Washington and Lee University School of Law will be offering free tax preparation assistance for low-to-moderate-income taxpayers in the Rockbridge County area. These services are free to members of the local community earning up to $49,000 annually.
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) office will be open on Monday evenings beginning February 7 through April 4 from 6:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in Wilson Hall at the Lenfest Center of Performing Arts, located on the corner of Nelson and McLaughlin Streets. There will be an additional session held on Wednesday, February 23 from 6:15 to 9:00 p.m. in the same location.
The office will be closed Monday, March 7th while students are away on break.
Head student coordinator for the program, Ryan Au '11L, said "VITA provides an opportunity to receive free tax preparation. We look forward to seeing everyone at the Lenfest Center."
The VITA program requires students to undergo extensive training and certification testing before they are eligible to help prepare tax returns. As a result of this training, law students can help local residents claim valuable tax credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit. No appointment is necessary.
To take advantage of VITA's services, taxpayers must bring the following documents to their tax preparation session:
- photo identification
- social security cards and birth dates for taxpayers and dependents
- information for all deductions/credits
- all tax forms received from employers, banks, etc., including Forms W-2 and 1099
- total paid for day care services and day care provider's tax identification number
- any other relevant information about income and expenses
- bank routing numbers and account numbers if direct deposit of refund is desired
For more information about the VITA program, or for directions to the Lenfest Center, contact Vera Mencer at 458-8570.
The students will be able to serve Spanish-speaking clients on select nights. For information on the availability of service in Spanish, please contact Peter Ervin at 503-970-9839.