W&L Law Students to Assist Area Residents with Tax Preparation

Lexington, VA Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Students from Washington and Lee University School of Law will be offering free tax preparation assistance for low-to-moderate-income taxpayers in the Rockbridge County area.  These services are free to members of the local community earning up to $49,000 annually.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) office will be open on Monday evenings beginning February 7 through April 4 from 6:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in Wilson Hall at the Lenfest Center of Performing Arts, located on the corner of Nelson and McLaughlin Streets.  There will be an additional session held on Wednesday, February 23 from 6:15 to 9:00 p.m. in the same location. 

The office will be closed Monday, March 7th while students are away on break. 

Head student coordinator for the program, Ryan Au '11L, said "VITA provides an opportunity to receive free tax preparation.  We look forward to seeing everyone at the Lenfest Center."

The VITA program requires students to undergo extensive training and certification testing before they are eligible to help prepare tax returns.  As a result of this training, law students can help local residents claim valuable tax credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit.  No appointment is necessary.

To take advantage of VITA's services, taxpayers must bring the following documents to their tax preparation session:

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

The students will be able to serve Spanish-speaking clients on select nights.  For information on the availability of service in Spanish, please contact Peter Ervin at 503-970-9839.

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