Free tax help offered by CSUF students, alums and faculty

Low-income families and individuals can get help preparing and filing their income tax returns courtesy of volunteers in the Cal State Fullerton community.

Through April 14, the student-run chapter of Volunteer Income Tax Assistance offers free assistance in preparing simple tax returns for families earning $60,000 per household or less. VITA is sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service.

Volunteers — students, alumni and faculty members — are trained and certified by the IRS, and the group is advised by Jonathan Durrant, assistant professor of accounting.

The help is available via walk-in service from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Tax Day except for March 30-31; no appointments are offered.  Sessions will be held in Room 8 of the Education Classroom Building on campus.

Taxpayers must bring:

  • Photo identification and Social Security card, and birthdates for taxpayer, spouse and dependents
  • Passport for international students
  • Wage and earnings statements and financial statements applicable to a personal income tax return
  • Records of payments to daycare and provider’s I.D. number
  • Last year’s income tax returns, bank routing numbers and account numbers for direct deposit
  • All 1098-E and -T forms for educational expenses
  • W-2s, 1099s and all other tax-related documents for 2017

Parking is available for $2 per hour or $8 for a daily permit on Fridays. Parking is free on Saturdays in most lots.

For more information, call VITA at 657-278-8681 or contact csufvita@gmail.com.

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