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LWC Offers Free Tax-Preparation Service to Area Residents

Posted on Sunday, February 09, 2014 [12:19 PM]

COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Area residents can get a tax break this season at Lindsey Wilson College.

 

For the seventh consecutive year, the liberal arts college is providing area residents with free income-tax service through the Tax-Aide program. Sponsored by the AARP Foundation, Internal Revenue Service and LWC, the free service is available from 3-5 p.m. CT Monday and Wednesday through April 14 in J.L. Turner Leadership Center-Room 108, 100 Blue Raider Drive.

 

No appointments are taken. Residents are served on a first-come, first-served basis, according to Lindsey Wilson Coordinator for Community Outreach and Engagement Candice Armstrong.

 

To take advantage of the free service, area residents must bring: a legally recognized picture identification card of the taxpayer and, if applicable, spouse; Social Security cards of the taxpayer, spouse and any dependents; copies of last year's federal and state tax returns; and all W-2 and 1099 forms and any other relevant materials that show income and expenses for the current year.

 

"We'll assess a person's situation when they first come in, and we'll let them know right away if we think their financial situation is too complex for this service," Armstrong said.

 

Electronic filing will be available free of charge. AARP membership is not required to take advantage of this free service, and there are no age restrictions.

 

"This free service is open to anyone in the region," Armstrong said. "The program is designed for low- and moderate-income families and older persons who may qualify for certain tax benefits and credits but might miss if they were to file on their own.

 

Past experience has indicated that many people are unaware of all of the special benefits that they are entitled to claim."

 

The free tax preparation will be processed by upper-division Lindsey Wilson accounting majors, under the supervision of Lindsey Wilson Associate Professor of Accounting Rose Garvey, who also serves as the Tax-Aide local coordinator. A translator will also be on hand to assist Spanish-speaking residents.

 

"It's a great a community outreach program for the college, and it's a great way for the college to show its commitment to the region," Armstrong said.

 

Armstrong said area residents are always grateful to not only have their taxes prepared for free but to have a qualified person prepare them.

 

"People are so thankful to receive this service," she said. "Taxes are intimidating for a lot of us. So knowing that you have a group of dedicated people who know what they are doing and will do it for free is a great feeling."

 

For more information about the Lindsey Wilson Tax-Aide program, contact Candice Armstrong at armstrongc@lindsey.edu or 270-384-7375.

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