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Free Tax Preparation 

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 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (or VITA for short) will begin on February 24th, 2020 and run through April 15th, 2020. Tax clinics will be held in the Union Basement Computer Lab (one floor below the food court and Einsteins Bagels/Panda Express). Look for our green table signs and volunteers with name badges.

We will have extended hours the first week of the season (February 24th to February 29th, 2020) which include:

Monday: 10:15am – 3:15pm

Tuesday: 12:00pm – 6:00pm

Wednesday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm

Thursday: 8:00am – 4:00pm

Saturday: 8:00am – 12:00pm

And ongoing hours from March 2nd through April 15th,  2020:

Monday: 10:15am – 4:15pm

Tuesday: 2:00pm – 6:00pm

Thursday: 8:00am – 2:00pm

Saturday: 8:00am – 1:00pm

The tax clinics will be closed for Spring Break (March 9th - March 14th). Free donuts will be given out on Saturday clinics. 

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We will also be having a limited number of off site VITA clinics which we will post here as they become available.

Wednesday, February 26th: School of Medicine Finance Conference Room, IC 264 from 10:00 am-2:00 pm.

Wednesday, March 18th: School of Medicine Finance Conference Room, IC 264 from 10:00 am-2:00 pm.

Wednesday, March 25th: University of Utah LGBT Resources Center, Union Room #409 from 10:00 am-2:00 pm.

Wednesday, April 1st: School of Medicine Finance Conference Room, IC 264 from 10:00 am-2:00 pm.

Friday,  April 3rd: Salt Lake Institute of Religion, 1780 S Campus Drive, West Multi-Purpose Room from 11:00 am-5:00 pm.

Thursday, April 9th: Dream Center, 1901 E. South Campus Dr. Salt Lake City, Annex Wing B #1118 from12:00 pm-4:00 pm.

 

 

FAQ

  • 2018 Adjusted Gross Income (or AGI) to verify identity or a copy of your 2018 tax return if you filed last year
  • State issued ID like a drivers license
  • Social Security or Individual Tax Payer Identification (ITIN) Number for each family member and working adult
  • Any W-2's, 1099's, 1098's (especially form 1098-T if you pay tuition, find it on CIS)
  • 1095-A if you received a tax credit from the healthcare.gov marketplace
  • Childcare provider name, address and tax ID if applicable
  • Bank routing and account numbers for checking or savings account (if you qualify for a refund and want direct deposit)
  • A valid email address

We use www.myfreetaxes.com which uses H & R Block software. You can do it on your own for free using this website or we can help you in our clinic.

Our site is not limited to students and is open the general public as long as they meet the following conditions:

  • To use our free software, your household gross income (AGI) must be less than $66,000
  • Our free software doesn't support small businesses or rental income

If you do not have income, you typically are not required to file. Most students will qualify for an educational tax credit if any portion of their tuition is paid from savings or a student loan. If you worked and had taxes withheld from your paycheck, you may still want to file. We can assist you and help you claim any tax credits you may qualify for and help you determine if you need to file at all. 

  • At our site, someone will greet you and set you up on a computer. If there are no computers available when you come in you may use your laptop, if you have one. The greeter will make sure you are setup properly.
  • You will create an account and begin to answer the easy questions on the H&R Block software. We will have certified volunteers there for any questions you may have while preparing your taxes.
  • When you have completed your taxes but before you file them, be sure to have a volunteer do a quality review to ensure that major credits and deductions were not missed.
  • After you have completed the process, we will have you save a copy of your tax return for your files. Also, we will ask you if you would like to fill out an optional survey to see what we can do better next year to assist you. 

The H & R block software our VITA site uses can only do returns for U.S. Citizens and permanent residents. If you are an international student who has been in the U.S. for less than 5 years, you will need to use a tax software that supports non-resident returns. Our student volunteers are not trained on this software or international tax laws and are not certified to help prepare non-resident returns.

International students and scholars who received income in the U.S. in 2019 must file taxes by April 15, 2020. If you are an International student or non-resident who needs to prepare ther tax return, the International and Student Scholar Services Center offers a free Sprintax tax software access code to assist you in the filing of taxes. Codes will be available in February 10th, 2020.

Note: Even if you did not receive income or scholarships, all students/scholars are required to file Form 8843. You do not need a Sprintax code for this form. To complete form 8843, complete parts I, and then II or III-whichever applies to you and then sign and date page 2. Then mail the form by April 15th to: Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service Center, Austin, TX 73301-0215.

 


 

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Last Updated: 2/14/20