The IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater will provide free tax preparation and free electronic filing of 2017 federal and state tax returns for taxpayers with low to moderate levels of income.Â Staffed by IRS-certified student preparers and supervised by accounting faculty, this annual program offersÂ importantÂ hands-on experience for students while helping members of the community.
The UW-Whitewater VITA program will be open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Wednesdays from 4 to 7 p.m. from February 3 through April 11. Please note that the tax clinic will be closed on March 24, March 28 and March 31. No appointments are needed.
VITA is located in room 1001 of Timothy J. Hyland Hall, and parking is available across the street in lot 7. On Wednesdays, taxpayers should stop at theÂ visitorâ€™s centerÂ on Starin Road, explain that they are there for the VITA tax clinic, ask for a temporary parking permit and park in lot 7 in any non-metered spot. On Saturdays, simply drive in and park in lot 7. (If you are using Google Maps, use â€ś826 Starinâ€ť for parking lot 7.)
- It is imperative that you bring photo IDs and valid Social Security cards or Individual Taxpayer Identification cards for the taxpayer, spouse and all dependents.
- Both spouses must be present to sign forms if filing electronically.
- If you do not have a social security number or an individual taxpayer identification number for yourself, a joint filer or a dependent, you must apply for one. For a social security number, complete Form SS-5, Social Security Number Application and submit the form to the Social Security Administration Office. See http://www.socialsecurity.gov/online/ss-5.pdfÂ for the form andÂ https://secure.ssa.gov/Â to search for social security offices by zip code. For an ITIN, seeÂ https://www.irs.gov/individuals/general-itin-information
Only simple returns will be prepared (i.e., Schedules A,Â BÂ and D, and a simple Schedule C). Examples of some of the income, deduction and credits the UW-Whitewater VITA program can accommodate include:
- Wage (W2) and non-employee compensation (1099)
- Limited business taxes for small businesses with positive net income and no depreciation
- Interest and dividend income
- Stock and mutual fund sales
- Pension and IRA income
- Unemployment compensation
- Social Security benefit income
- Standard deduction
- Student loan interest deduction
- Itemized deductions (e.g., real estate taxes, home mortgage interest, charitable donations, etc.)
- Earned income credit
- Child tax credit
- Education credits
Please review the full list of supporting documents that taxpayers should bring to VITA. If you have further questions, you may email the VITA Site Coordinator atÂ firstname.lastname@example.orgÂ or leave a message at 262-472-5449.