Student volunteers give free tax assistance for the Indiana Daily Student

The IU IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program helps hundreds of local taxpayers file state and federal tax returns every year.

The program is run by students from IU’s Maurer School of Law and the Kelley School of Business, according to an IU press release, and clinics have been running three times per week in various locations on campus since Feb. 9. This year’s clinics end March 26.

Assistance is aimed at helping local taxpayers whose annual income is less than $54,000 or if they are elderly, have a disability or limited English proficiency. IU students and Bloomington residents alike have attended these sessions and received their free assistance during the past two months, according to the press release.

The last session will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 26. The location will be posted on the VITA website.

Jeremy Munza currently serves as a VITA student coordinator after previously being a quality reviewer and regular volunteer. He is one of many volunteers which he said come from Maurer, Kelley and a variety of undergraduate majors.

As a second-year law student, Munza said he has always been interested in doing tax law and this program was a great opportunity to start practicing.

After participating in the program last year, Munza says he is impressed with this year’s turnout.

“We’ve been really busy,” Munza said. “We have had some really great support from our quality reviewers, had really great volunteers and we’ve gotten a lot accomplished. With 589 paper returns and 120 e-files we have, in total, completed 89 more returns than last year.”

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