Free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) 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.

The VITA clinic is staffed by certified student preparers and supervised by faculty in the College of Business and Economics Department of Accounting. 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.

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 a location map, program limitations and required supporting documentation, can be found at http://bit.ly/2S9bNz9. For additional information, email the VITA Site Coordinator at vita@uww.edu or leave a message at 262-472-5449.

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