STC Students Provide Free Income Tax Preparation to Public

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POSTED: Tuesday, February 15, 2011 - 7:09pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 16, 2011 - 8:17am

MCALLEN - With April 15th creeping up, many Upper Valley residents are looking for help filing their income tax.

That's part of the reason the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program or VITA started ten years at the South Texas College Technology Campus in McAllen.

Business students, trained by the IRS, are preparing and filing local residents' taxes for free.

This program not only helps local residents save about $200 to $300 from going to professional tax preparers, but it also helps the students gain experience in their field.

"It gives them that hands on training, it gives them that confidence to go out there and tell people, I know how to do this because I have actually done it in the past," said Daniel Montez, STC Business Administration Program Chair.

All the tax forms are checked by the three program mentors, and then again by a diagnostic program.

The services are available Monday through Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Technology Campus Library.

All people need to bring are their W2's, social security card, I.D., and any information on dependents they may be claiming on their return.

For more information contact Daniel Montez at dmontez@southtexascollege.edu

 

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