• Cameron Adam

On-campus tax preparation available through VITA

Most people don’t look forward to doing taxes. Fortunately, there is an easy way to get them filed on the Minot State campus with the help of accounting students and volunteers.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), which was instituted by the IRS, is a free tax preparation option for individuals earning less than $55,000 a year, military members, elderly, and small business owners who meet certain guidelines, according to a Minot State press release.

This would easily qualify the majority of MSU students, as well as most single-income staff members. April 15 is the last day to file tax forms so if there are still some who have procrastinated or have just been too busy, there is still time to utilize the VITA program.

“Last season, we helped more than 100 clients,” said Dana Cluever, a Minot State student and returning volunteer of the VITA program.

VITA offers the same choices that any other tax preparation business does, such as e-filing or physically mailing tax forms and choosing between direct deposit or physical checks for tax returns.

“We have one person prepare them and another person review them, so we double check everything,” Cluever said of the seven volunteers helping with this year’s program.

Every volunteer must take classes and be certified by the IRS before being able to participate. As an added benefit to student volunteers, this program counts as an internship credit under the Accounting 497 course.

The VITA program accepts appointments on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-7:30pm. To make an appointment, call 701-858-3122 or fill out an appointment form online.

Appointments can be made up to April 7. Tax filers must bring IDs for themselves and all dependents who will be claimed on tax forms. This includes a photo ID and a social security card.

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