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GSC Accounting Students Offering Free Tax Return Assistance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 22, 2013

For more information:
Bob Edwards
Public Relations Department
Glenville State College
(304) 462-6390

Glenville, WV—The Department of Business at Glenville State College is once again offering free assistance for filing your basic federal and West Virginia income tax returns through an IRS program called VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Free File. The free service is available to anyone who would like assistance with filing their 2012 income tax returns.

The GSC Department of Business partners with the Internal Revenue Service through the college’s Accounting 399 course. GSC Associate Professor of Business & Accounting Cheryl McKinney, who is a CPA, is the Coordinator for the GSC VITA Free File site. GSC senior accounting majors Racheal Fetty of Spencer (Roane County), West Virginia and Melissa Pursley of Mineral Wells (Wood County), West Virginia, who are IRS certified, assist qualifying low to moderate income people (generally those making $57,000 or below and under 57 years old) who need help preparing their basic Federal and West Virginia income tax returns. The VITA Free File experience is the IRS’ new ‘self-service’ option that is available to those with basic computer skills. Taxpayers will actually be preparing their own returns at a computer with assistance as needed from trained GSC accounting students. Once completed, federal and state returns may be electronically filed.

GSC students Melissa Pursley and Racheal Fetty help file their tax returns under the supervision of Cheryl McKinney

GSC students Melissa Pursley (left) and Racheal Fetty (right) help a couple file their tax returns under the supervision of, GSC VITA Free File site Coordinator Cheryl McKinney (background).

Taxpayers may choose the TurboTax, TaxSlayer, H&R Block, or TaxAct (new this year) programs based upon eligibility criteria. Each program has varying qualification requirements. Once an account is created at the GSC site, it may be accessed from anywhere if additional information is needed before filing.  One distinguishing characteristic of VITA Free File is that qualifying taxpayers may electronically file both federal and state returns at no charge. However, if you access one of the software programs directly without first going through the VITA Free File site, there will be a charge for the state return.

Those who wish to receive this free tax assistance from the GSC VITA Free File site should bring: a copy of their 2011 tax return, if available, wage and earning statements (Form W-2) from all employers, interest and dividend statements (Form 1099), any other relevant information or forms relating to income and expenses, social security cards for taxpayers and dependents, if available, and bank routing and account numbers for direct deposit/direct payment, if desired.

Also, students and anyone who received financial aid and/or paid tuition and fees must have a copy of the Tuition Statement (Form 1098-T) provided by the school before your tax return can be completed. Those who cannot locate that document must request a duplicate copy or find it on their EdNet account. Form 1098-T should be in hand upon arrival at the GSC VITA Free File site so assistance can be given in a timely manner. Students may also be able to deduct additional costs including required textbooks.

The GSC VITA Free File site is located in Room 309B of the Heflin Administration Building (the Ernie Smith Computer Lab). The VITA Free File program allows for multiple taxpayers to be assisted simultaneously. The site is open on Mondays from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. through April 15th.

The Glenville State College Department of Business has now been offering free tax return assistance to campus and community taxpayers for over seventeen years.

For more information about the GSC VITA Free File program, contact Cheryl McKinney at (304) 462-6263.

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