Beginning Feb. 5, Bemidji State University students will be donating their time to offer free services as part of of the Internal Revenue Service’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.
BSU students who have completed the Tax I course and passed IRS certification tests will offer free tax help each Wednesday and Thursday from 3-6 p.m. Sessions will continue through April 15 and are held in room 14 of BSU’s Decker Hall, located at 1717 Birchmont Drive NE. Due to the university’s spring break, sessions will not be offered March 11-12.
Students will use their tax knowledge to provide assistance to other students, including international students with special requirements, and to low-income and elderly individuals in the area who may be uncomfortable or unfamiliar with tax law and filing requirements.
VITA not only offers free preparation, but also free e-filing for those who qualify. With e-filing and direct deposit, those who qualify typically receive their refund in 8-10 days. The IRS has a web page explaining what people should bring with them to a VITA session.
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $53,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.
• BSU Department of Accounting, (218) 755-2907
Student VITA volunteers, by hometown
Bemidji |56601| Theron Granbois, senior, accounting
Bemidji |56601| Andrew Moengen, senior, accounting
Bemidji |56601| Eric Peterson, senior, accounting
Burnsville |55306| Lindsey Medvec, junior, business administration
Cohasset |55721| Isaac James, senior, accounting
New York Mills |56567| Nicole Nebosis, senior, accounting
Rice |56367| Maria Trettel, sophomore, accounting
Virginia |55792| Kelly Richards, senior, business administration
Warba |55793| Michelle Caauwe, senior accounting
Bemidji State University, located in northern Minnesota’s lake district, occupies a wooded campus along the shore of Lake Bemidji. Enrolling nearly 5,000 students, Bemidji State offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and nine graduate programs encompassing arts, sciences and select professional programs. BSU is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and has a faculty and staff of more than 550. University signature themes include environmental stewardship, civic engagement and global and multi-cultural understanding.