To help area residents with their taxes, representatives of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program are available at Northeastern State University’s Tahlequah and Broken Arrow campuses, according to a media release.
Federal and state tax forms are prepared for free to people grossing less than $60,000 a year. Volunteers from NSU’s College of Business and Technology are certified to prepare basic tax returns. The service, sponsored by NSU and Community Action Resources and Development of Coweta, is open to the campuses and surrounding communities.
The service is open on both campuses through April 16, but is closed March 19 to 24 for spring break. The service is offered at Tahlequah on Mondays and Tuesdays, 3 to 6 p.m., in Room 121 of the Business and Technology Building. Hours of operation at Broken Arrow are 5:30 to 8 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays in the Library Building (BALB), Room 118. Visitors can park in the east lots.
Student preparers volunteer their time and receive credit hours in accounting. Each student working for VITA has completed 16 hours of training and passed all required exams.
Filers should bring W-2s, W-2Gs, 1099-Rs, interest and dividend statements from banks and any documents stating “furnish to the IRS.” Also required are a photo ID and physical copies of Social Security cards for filers, spouses and dependents. For direct deposit, account and routing numbers are needed. If applicable, bring a day care provider’s Social Security or tax ID number. Filers should also bring copies of their 2010 state and federal returns if available.
Confidentiality is maintained with all information supplied. VITA can also file in multiple states and do federal and state e-filing.
Walk-ins are welcome on both campuses, but an appointment can be scheduled at Broken Arrow: (918) 486-2471. Information on the Tahlequah VITA service: Dr. John Yeutter, (918) 444-2968.