Free income tax preparation assistance available at Glenville State College

GLENVILLE, W.Va. — Free income tax preparation assistance is being offered through a partnership between the Internal Revenue Service and the Glenville State College accounting program to help students, faculty, staff, and local residents file their basic federal and West Virginia income tax returns.

Available again this year is ‘MyFreeTaxes,’ which is a simple and secure federal and state tax filing site provided through United Way and powered by H&R Block software. The online tool allows eligible taxpayers with a household adjusted gross income of up to $66,000 annually to self-prepare and electronically file both federal and state returns free of charge by visiting www.myfreetaxes.com and following the steps provided.

Another option for qualifying taxpayers is the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) ‘Free File’ Program, provided through Glenville State College’s Accounting 399 class. Taxpayers who prefer to have an IRS certified volunteer to assist in the tax filing process or have questions about using ‘MyFreeTaxes’ can go to the Ernie Smith Computer Lab in room 309B of the Harry B. Heflin Administration Building. Accounting students Tyler Canterbury, Luke Carpenter, Wil Mayes, and Valerie Rule are available to assist in preparing your basic federal and West Virginia income tax returns.

The site will be open now through April 11 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesdays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. No appointment is necessary. Please note that no one will be available March 12-14 due to Glenville State College’s spring break.

Those who wish to receive free tax assistance should bring a copy of their 2017 tax return, Wage and Earnings Statements (Form W-2) from all employers, Interest and Dividend Statements (Form 1099), any additional relevant information about income and expenses, and bank routing and account numbers for direct deposit information.

Students who received financial aid should bring a copy of their Tuition Statement (Form 1098-T) provided by the school that lists tuition and fees paid and any scholarships or grants received.

Glenville State College’s accounting program has assisted the campus and the community with income tax preparation for over 21 years.

For more information, contact Cheryl McKinney at Cheryl.McKinney@glenville.edu or (304) 462-6263.

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