GLENVILLE, WV – Free assistance is being offered again 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 State income tax returns. Two options are available to qualifying taxpayers – ‘MyFreeTaxes’ and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Free File.
GSC Accounting majors Evan Merical, Daisy Dean, and Zachary Lively who are IRS certified and enrolled in GSC’s Accounting 399 course, are available to assist qualifying taxpayers under the supervision of Site Coordinator and GSC Associate Professor of Business, Cheryl McKinney. Merical is from Jackson County, Dean hails from Braxton County and Lively is a native of Kanawha County.
Available again this year is ‘MyFreeTaxes,’ which is an easy, fast, and secure federal and state tax filing site provided through the United Way and powered by H&R Block software. The online tool allows eligible taxpayers to self-prepare and electronically file both federal and state returns free of charge by visiting www.myfreetaxes.com from any computer and following the easy steps.
Taxpayers who prefer to have a trained volunteer assist in the tax filing process or have questions about using MyFreeTaxes can go to Room 309B of the GSC Heflin Administration Building (the Ernie Smith Computer Lab). The site will be open now through April 15 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. with no appointment necessary. Note that no one will be available March 17 through the 19 because of GSC’s Spring Break.
Those who wish to receive this free tax assistance should bring: a copy of their 2018 tax return, Wage and Earnings Statements (Form W-2) from all employers, Interest and Dividend Statements (Form 1099), any additional relevant information or forms relating to income and expenses, as well as bank routing and account numbers for direct deposit/direct payment, if desired.
Students who received financial aid and/or paid tuition and fees should also bring a copy of their Tuition Statement (Form 1098-T) provided by the school that lists tuition and fees paid and scholarships and grants received.
Glenville State College’s accounting program has proudly assisted the campus and community with income tax preparation as part of the VITA program for over 23 years.
For more information, contact GSC Department of Business Chair Cheryl McKinney at Cheryl.McKinney@glenville.edu or (304) 462-6263.