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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance clinic returns to UW-Whitewater

Qualifying taxpayers are invited to receive free tax preparation and electronic filing services of 2018 federal and state income tax returns at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Volunteer Income Tax Assistance clinic.

This IRS-sponsored program is available for low and moderate income taxpayers at no cost, and no appointments are needed. Clinic hours are 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays and 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays. Clients will be served on a first come, first served basis. Taxpayers should arrive an hour before closing. The 2019 tax clinic will run from February 6 through April 10; however, it will be closed on March 23, March 27 and March 30.

The UW-Whitewater VITA clinic is located in room 1001 of Timothy J. Hyland Hall at 809 Starin Road in Whitewater. Parking is available across the street in lot 7. Lot 7 is also known as the Starin Road lot and contains the Visitor Center. (Google Maps identifies lot 7 as “880 Starin Rd.”)  Parking is free, and no permit is necessary if you park in any non-metered parking spot during clinic hours.

The VITA clinic is staffed by certified student preparers and supervised by faculty in the College of Business and Economics Department of Accounting. In addition to providing hands-on experience for graduate and undergraduate accounting students, the free VITA clinic helps residents of Whitewater and surrounding communities.

“We have many long-time clients who return for assistance each spring,” said Robert Meyers, accounting department lecturer and VITA program director. “It is also an invaluable experience for our students. Having the opportunity to apply training while working with real people is something they will remember for years to come.”

Meyers added, “With a streamlined process and excellent participation from bright, energetic students, we hope to help many more taxpayers in 2019.”

Important information, including links to a location map, program limitations and required supporting documentation, can be found below.

VITA Clinic | Campus Map >>
2019 VITA Clinic Schedule >>
2019 Details and Required Information >>

Important notes

  • It is important 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.pdf  for form or see https://secure.ssa.gov/ICON/main.jsp to find an office location. For an ITIN, see https://www.irs.gov/individuals/general-itin-information

Only simple returns will be prepared (i.e., Schedules A, B and D, and a simple Schedule C). Examples of some of the income, deduction and credits the UW-Whitewater VITA program can accommodate include:

Income

  • 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

Deductions

  • Standard deduction
  • Student loan interest deduction
  • Itemized deductions (e.g., real estate taxes, home mortgage interest, charitable donations, etc.)

Credits

  • 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 at vita@uww.edu or leave a message at 262-472-5449.

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