Scottsdale Independent

Free help filing, preparing taxes available at SCC

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For the fourth consecutive year, certified volunteers organized by Scottsdale Community College will help eligible taxpayers file income taxes free of charge by the tax filing deadline.

SCC has been designated an IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance site for the 2018 tax season. IRS-certified student and community volunteers will help qualified taxpayers with free tax preparation and electronic filing, according to a press release.

Qualified taxpayers include those with annual income less than $54,000, persons with disabilities, older adults, and individuals with limited English speaking ability.

Volunteers will be available every Thursday from Jan. 25 through April 14, and every Saturday from Jan. 27 through April 16 in Room LIB-463.

“The VITA tax preparation program touches every part of our mission,” said SCC Business professor Jim Simpson, who coordinates the VITA project.

“We are enabling our accounting students and community volunteers to use skills they learned in class to provide a service to other students and the community, while gaining real-world experience.”

Taxpayers should bring all applicable documents, such as the following:

The IRS VITA site at SCC is sponsored by A New Leaf, a community non-profit that provides services to people and families in crisis, the press release stated.

Available hours are 4-8 p.m. Jan. 25 through April 14, and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday through April 16.

Scottsdale Community College is at 9000 E. Chaparral Road in Scottsdale.