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Community College Students Provide FREE Tax Return Services To Community Members

February 25, 2013

Columbia, Maryland  — Tax deadlines are looming and Howard Community College accounting students are now providing two free tax filing services for community members and students right on campus. Through the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA), certified student volunteers are available to prepare and electronically file tax returns for those with incomes under $51,000.  The free electronic tax filing program is being held on campus Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., through April 11, 2013 in Duncan Hall, Room 310B. The site will be closed April 3 and 4.  To make an appointment, please call 443-518-4958 or sign up online at www.signupgenius.com/go/-vita.

Through a second free tax filing program, VITA student volunteers are also available to answer questions about the Facilitated Self Assistance (FSA) program for those with incomes under $57,000. Clients prepare and file their own returns using the following link to free tax software: http://myfreetaxes.com/hcc  Under the FSA program, clients do not have to visit campus to use the free tax software.  However, VITA student volunteers are available to answer questions if you wish to file your own tax return using the free tax software and HCC’s computers on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10a.m. to 12p.m., through April 11, 2013 in Duncan Hall, Room 310B.  The site will be closed April 3 and 4. To make an appointment, please call 443-518-4958 or sign up online at www.signupgenius.com/go/-vita.

Offered nationwide, the IRS VITA Program offers free tax preparation assistance to low- and moderate-income taxpayers who qualify. IRS-certified volunteers have successfully completed IRS VITA certification exams and are able to inform taxpayers about special tax credits for which they may qualify, such as Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled.

On HCC’s campus, the VITA program is led by Director of Accounting Dorothea Malloy, CPA, MS, & CGMA. The program allows accounting majors critical hands-on job preparation. All VITA members have learned relevant federal tax laws and the TaxWise software used to file electronic returns. In addition to passing an ethics course, all certified VITA volunteers have passed basic, or intermediate, or advanced-level certification tests.

About HCC
Howard Community College (HCC) is a publicly funded two-year community college serving the educational needs of the citizens and employers in Howard County, Maryland since 1970. With its slogan, “You Can Get There from Here,” the college has forged a variety of partnerships to offer career and transfer programs to over 30,000 students annually at its main campus in Columbia, the Ecker Business Training Center, Laurel College Center, and Mount Airy College Center for Health Care Education. Located midway between two major metropolitan areas, Washington DC and Baltimore, MD, Howard Community College is an affordable, community-based institution that has long been recognized for its ability to inspire learning, and the lifelong pursuit of personal and professional goals. Among its many awards is the prestigious U.S. Senate Productivity Award for organizational performance excellence.