WSU to offer free tax filing assistance to Utah residents meeting certain criteria
A popular service at Weber State University is set to return as tax season gets under way.
Starting next week, WSU accounting students will offer free tax preparation help. Those served are limited to Utah residents “with an annual income of $75,000 or less, with no rental income or cryptocurrency transactions.”
Darcie Costello, WSU associate professor of accounting and taxation, told the Standard-Examiner that 15 students will be involved in providing filing assistance this year.
“Weber has provided tax preparation services under a program called VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance),” she said. “It’s a program that’s sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service.”
She said the help has been provided at WSU for several years.
Costello said the student volunteers are knowledgeable on the situation.
“(Volunteers) have to demonstrate that they understand the tax law for individual taxpayers,” she said. “They have to take a number of certification exams that prove that they know about the tax law, that proves that they know how to ethically act. Once the volunteers pass those exams, they’re able to provide free tax preparation to members of the community.”
This year’s events are set for Mondays from 4-7 p.m., including Feb. 12, Feb. 26 and March 11 at the WSU Davis campus in Building 2 and on March 18, March 25, April 1, April 8 and April 15 at the WSU Community Education Center in Ogden.
Those who are interested are asked to bring:
- Documentation for 2023 income and expenses.
- Social Security cards/ITIN for taxpayer, spouse and dependents.
- Photo ID for taxpayer and spouse (if married and filing a joint return, both spouses must be present at the appointment).
- Direct deposit information, if applicable.
Users also are asked to make an appointment in advance at https://earnitkeepitsaveitutah.org.