WWU students, volunteers offer free help on personal tax returns

Students at Western Washington University, along with community volunteers, are now available through April 15 to provide free assistance with preparation of non-business, personal income taxes, including free “e-filing” of tax returns.

The students and volunteers are members of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, which is sponsored by WWU’s Beta Alpha Psi and Accounting Society.

The tax assistance will be available in Room 336 of WWU’s Parks Hall from 4:30-8:30 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays, and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Volunteers will not be available between March 14 and April 1.

Assistance is also provided at the Opportunity Council-East Whatcom, Anacortes Middle School, Anacortes First Baptist Church and Goodwill in Mount Vernon.

Those interesting in receiving help are asked to bring all relevant tax documentation (W-2, 1099s, etc.), and copies of purchase and sale documents for all investment sales, as well as a copy of last year’s tax return, if available.

For married couples filing joint returns, both spouses must be present.

Other documentation required may include information for all deductions/credits, proof of account for direct deposit of refund (e.g., voided check), Social Security cards or Individual Taxpayer Identification notices/cards for you, your spouse and dependents, proof of identification for yourself and your spouse, total paid to day-care provider and their tax ID number and birth dates for you, spouse and dependents on the return.

More information can be found on the Beta Alpha Psi website at www.wwubap.org.

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