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Free tax-preparation service to open February 23 at Aurora University

Posted by on February 19, 2013

Since Aurora University introduced the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program in 2002, AU tax preparers have helped generate more than $2.5 million in refunds for local taxpayers and saved them an estimated $375,000 in tax-preparation fees.

Last year alone, about 35 AU students, faculty, staff and alumni prepared federal and state tax returns for 445 clients at no charge, leading to $550,000 in refunds.
As VITA opens its 12th season this weekend, faculty and students in the AU Dunham School of Business are looking forward to another year of serving the community.
“The community receives high quality tax preparation at no charge and students have an opportunity to put their tax skills to practice in a real setting,” said David Diehl, Assistant Professor of Accounting. “Our students report tremendous satisfaction from assisting the community.”

The 12th annual VITA program kicks off Saturday, Feb. 23, from 8 a.m. to noon in the lobby of Dunham Hall, 1400 Marseillaise Place in Aurora. VITA sessions also will be held March 16 and 23 from 8 a.m. to noon in the Dunham Hall lobby.

The free service, including e-filing, is available to low-income, elderly and disabled residents earning up to $50,000 on a walk-in basis. No reservations are accepted. Bilingual college students will provide translation assistance for Spanish-speaking taxpayers. Taxpayers should bring copies of personal documents, including Social Security card, driver’s license, 2012 W2s and other tax statements, state and federal 2011 returns, voided check or deposit slip, 2012 real-estate tax statement and childcare provider identification. Call (630) 844-7557 or e-mail for more information.
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