May 22, 2022

CSULB business students to host free tax preparation events

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Business students at Cal State Long Beach will host free tax preparation events until April for those who are low income or need other types of assistance.

During the tax preparation events, which will be held virtually, students will help those who make $58,000 or less, low-income students, elders, non-residents and individuals whose English is limited with their taxes, a statement from the university said.

The free service is part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance clinic, an IRS-sponsored program, the statement said, and all volunteer students are certified by the IRS. Last year, student volunteers filed state and federal tax returns during virtual interviews that resulted in more than $700,000 in refunds, according to Cal State Long Beach.

“VITA is a win-win for our students and the community,” Sudha Krishnan, faculty advisor for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, said in a statement. “The students get hands-on experience while also helping those in the community who often do not have the disposable income to pay for a professional tax preparer.”

Virtual appointments — required because of the coronavirus pandemic — can be made online.

The service will begin on Thursday, Jan. 27, and run until Saturday, April 9.

Appointments can be made for 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays. The latest time to make an appointment on those days is 7 p.m., according to CSULB.

Appointments will also be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays. Special tax days will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on two Saturdays, Feb. 12 and March 12.

Participants must have the following original documents:

  • Government issued photo ID or driver’s license.
  • Original Social Security card or documents of individual taxpayer identification number.
  • All W-2s and 1099s, if any.
  • Other income and expense information.
  • Total tuition fees and expenses paid (form 1098-T).
  • Total expenses paid for child’s daycare, if any.
  • Daycare or dependent care provider’s address, phone, and SSN or EIN.
  • Bank account and routing number for direct deposit of refund.
  • Last year’s tax return is helpful, but not required.

To file taxes electronically for a married-filing-joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms, the statement said.

Information: VITA coordinator Nguyet Ngo, 562-726-2331 or [email protected]

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