Students in Christopher Newport University's Luter School of Business will prepare and e-file tax returns free of charge this year, a university press release says.
The service is geared toward low-to-moderate income taxpayers, and returns will be prepared by accounting majors certified by the IRS-sponsored Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. The student volunteers are trained to prepare Form 1040 returns as well as Schedule A, B and simple Schedule D forms, and forms related to the earned income credit, child credit, dependent care credit, additional child credit, credit for the elderly and disabled, and the education credit.¿¿
The service will be available beginning Monday, Feb. 3 in Luter Hall, located on the CNU campus. No appointment is necessary. A sign-up sheet will be located in the building's main lobby.
Service hours are noon to 4 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays.
Services will not be available March 3, 5, 6, 26 or 27.
Those taking advantage of the service should arrive early enough for students to complete returns by 4 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays and by 2 p.m. on Thursdays. Students will also assist with taxes on Saturday, March 22 from 1-5 p.m.
Taxpayers should bring the following documents:
-Social Security cards for taxpayers and dependents
-Birth dates for primary, secondary and dependents on the tax return
-Current year's tax forms (if you have received a packet)
-Wage and earning statement(s), such as form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, from all employers
-Interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099)
-A copy of last year's tax returns (if available)
-If using direct deposit, bank routing numbers and account numbers
-Other relevant information about income and expenses, such as total paid for day care and day-care provider's tax identification number
For married couples who wish to file their return electronically, both spouses must be present. For additional information, call 757-594-7144.
The Hampton commissioner of the revenue’s staff will prepare Virginia income tax returns at no charge, as well.
Those interested in the free service, should bring a copy of their completed federal income tax return - including all attached schedules and W-2s and 1099s – to the commissioner’s office at 1 Franklin St., Suite 102. The service is available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Call 757-727-6690.
There are some restrictions, so go online to the Hampton city website for more information and details.
You can find out about free preparation of your federal tax returns at the Internal Revenue Service, 903 Enterprise Parkway, Suite 100, Hampton.