The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

February 25, 2013

IRS-Certified Students Providing Free Public Tax Assistance

The Daily Item

— WILLIAMSPORT — Qualified individuals who need help preparing and filing their 2012 returns can visit the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The free service is available through early April in the Teachers’ Learning Center of the Madigan Library (Room LIB/213) on Penn College’s main campus in Williamsport.

Required appointments will be scheduled from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Additional “first-come, first-served” dates and times are being considered for the convenience of walk-in taxpayers whose schedules cannot accommodate weekday sessions.

The site is within a territory that ranked first among 33 Internal Revenue Service regions in the number of returns processed last year, success that caught the eye of the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania. The foundation awarded a $4,389 mini-grant from its Williamsport/Lycoming Community Fund to offset administrative expenses, including printing and duplicating costs.

About a dozen students, most of them accounting majors in the School of Business and Computer Technologies, have been trained — both in-house and by the federal government — and certified as tax preparers.

The program is designed for taxpayers who have relatively uncomplicated returns and less than $51,000 in annual income.

Appointments can be scheduled by calling 321-5544; taxpayers should bring proper identification, required forms (W-2s, 1099s, etc.), Social Security cards, banking information and receipts to document any deductions.