LSU group offering assistance for tax preparation

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The LSU Department of Accounting is sponsoring a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance site, along with the Internal Revenue Service, to provide help to those who qualify this tax season. The tax service is open to anyone, not just those affiliated with LSU.

“Tax preparation services for those making $51,000 or less are free. Returns will be filed electronically,” said Letti Lowe-Ardoin, an instructor in LSU’s accounting department.

Two VITA locations are set-up on LSU’s campus.

LSU FACILITY SERVICE CAFETERIA: CEBA Lane; 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays through April 9, but closed April 2; 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Wednesdays through April 10, but closed April 3; 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Thursdays through April 11, but closed April 4. It is also open on Saturday March 2, 9 a.m.-noon and April 13, 9 a.m.-noon.; and 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Monday, April 15.

LSU STUDENT UNION: Caddo Room 305; open 2 p.m.-4 p.m. on Wednesdays through April 10, but closed April 3. This location will be for people to prepare their own tax return, using tax preparation software. This service is offered for free for single or married taxpayers with an income less than $57,000, and is available for a small fee for higher income individuals.

Participants should bring proof of identification; Social security cards for you, your spouse and dependents and/or a Social Security number verification letter issued by the Social Security Administration; Individual Taxpayer Identification Number assignment letter for you, your spouse and dependents; birth dates for you, your spouse and dependents on the tax return; wage and earning statement for W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, from all employers; interest and dividend from banks on forms 1099; a copy of last year’s federal and state returns if available; bank routing numbers and account numbers for direct deposit; total paid for daycare provider and the daycare provider’s tax ID number — the provider’s Social Security Number or the provider’s business Employer ID Number; homeowners insurance policy declaration page for the Citizens Assessment on the state return.

To file taxes electronically on a married-filing-joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms

To make an appointment, call the LSU Department of Accounting at (225) 578-6202. For more information about VITA, visit www.irs.gov.