Bluefield State College Accounting Club students and BSC accounting faculty members will offer free tax assistance to area residents through the VITA program sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service. Free tax assistance will be offered on the following schedule: each Wednesday, now through April 9, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. (except March 19) in Mahood Hall, room 118, on the BSC campus. Assistance will be provided on three Saturdays (February 8, March 8, and April 12), 1 p.m.-4 p.m. in the Craft Memorial Library, Bluefield.
According to William Goodman, BSC associate professor of accounting, "Volunteers alert taxpayers to special credits and deductions with items such as credit for the elderly and sale of residence."
"Taxpayers seeking assistance should bring this year's tax package, usually received through the mail, wage and earning statements (Forms W-2) received from employers, interest statements from banks (Forms 1099), a copy of last year's federal and state tax return, if available, 1994 tax return, if available, and any other relevant information concerning income and expenses," added William Bradberry, BSC assistant professor of accounting.
In 1996, BSC volunteers contributed more than 300 hours' service, assisting area residents in completing income tax returns. Bradberry and Goodman are coordinating Bluefield State's participation in this year's VITA program.
"Our students enjoy the satisfaction of helping other people, and many people find this service very meaningful because it helps them to complete their tax returns in a way that's comfortable for them," Goodman concluded.
Additional information may be obtained by calling Professor William Goodman, Bluefield State College, @ (304) 327-4107.