Law Students to Assist Local Residents with Tax Returns

Lexington, VA Monday, January 29, 2007

Students at the Washington and Lee University School of Law are once again offering free tax help for low- to moderate-income individuals in the Rockbridge County area this year. Beginning February 12 and ending April 2, student volunteers will staff the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) office on Monday evening from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Community Legal Practice Center located near the law school on the Washington and Lee University campus. The office will be closed March 12 and March 19 while students are on break.

The VITA program, which is coordinated by the IRS's Stakeholder Partnerships, Education and Communication division, requires students to undergo extensive training and an online test before they are certified to help prepare tax returns. Their services are free to members of the local community earning less than $39,000 annually, and no appointment is necessary.

"The VITA program continues two of our best traditions at the University," said Michelle Lyon Drumbl, adjunct professor of law and faculty coordinator for the VITA program. "The School of Law is dedicated to providing students with experiences that develop practical legal skills, but also, this program is another important example of how a commitment to community service thrives at Washington and Lee."

Taxpayers interested in taking advantage of VITA's services should bring the following documents to their tax preparation session:

 photo identification
 social security cards and birth dates for taxpayers and dependents
 information for all deductions/credits
 a copy of last year's federal tax return, if available
 current year's tax package, if one was received
 all tax forms received from employers, banks, etc., including Forms W-2 and 1099
 total paid for day care services and day care provider's tax identification number
 any other relevant information about income and expenses
 bank routing numbers and account numbers if direct deposit of refund is desired.

The Washington and Lee University School of Law has sponsored a VITA program for more than six years and has taken advantage of the electronic filing services available through the IRS since 2003.

For more information about the VITA program, or for directions to the Community Legal Practice Center, contact Vera Mencer at 458-8570.

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