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January 27, 2017

Students Offer Free Tax-Preparation Services

VITA Site Coordinator Cheyne Thompson (right) helps Jim Renlunt (center) and Inez Francis (left) with their tax forms at the Chico Area Recreation Center on Monday, March 7, 2016 in Chico, Calif.  The Beta Alpha Psi, an honorary organization for financial information students and professionals, has once again partnered with the International Revenue Service to provide free tax-preparation services.  (Jason Halley/University Photographer)

California State University, Chico’s chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, an honorary organization for financial information students and professionals, will offer free tax-preparation services in partnership with the Internal Revenue Service, starting Feb. 1.

Anyone who earned $60,000 or less in 2016 is eligible for the service. In conjunction with the IRS’ Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, CSU, Chico students will prepare and electronically file the returns for free.

People interested in the service should bring:

  • A copy of their 2016 tax return
  • Social Security or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number cards for the entire family
  • Photo identification
  • Wages and earnings statements (including W-2, 1099 and 1098 forms)
  • Documentation for deductions and credits
  • Child care documentation, including provider identification number and amount paid
  • A voided check for direct deposit of refund

Tax-preparation services will be available at the following days, times and locations:

Chico Area Recreation and Park District (CARD) Community Center, 545 Vallombrosa Ave., Chico
Mondays, Feb. 1–April 8: noon–4 p.m.
Wednesdays, Feb. 1–April 8: noon–4 p.m.

Bell Memorial Union, CSU, Chico
Mondays, Feb. 1–April 8: 4–8 p.m.
Wednesdays, Feb. 1–April 8: 4–8 p.m.

Dorothy Johnson Center, 775 E. 16th St., Chico
Saturdays, Feb. 1–April 8: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The service will be closed at all those locations from March 15–22.

VITA trains volunteers to provide tax-preparation services. All student volunteers must pass tax exams at several levels.

This marks the sixth year that CSU, Chico has been a partner in VITA. Last year, 50 student volunteers helped more than 700 people file a total of 1,575 federal and state tax returns.

If you are interested in volunteering, please email the student organization at csuc.bap.vita@gmail.com. Information on additional VITA sites and times is available at http://irs.treasury.gov/freetaxprep or by calling 530-988-8482.

Founded in 1919, Beta Alpha Psi has more than 300 chapters on college and university campuses. The organization promotes the study and practice of accounting, finance and information systems; provides opportunities for self-development, service and association among members and practicing professionals; and encourages a sense of ethical, social and public responsibility.

Michele Chandler
Public Affairs

Jeff Decker
Faculty Advisor, VITA Program

Read the story via Chico State News here.