KU Law students providing free tax help for Douglas County residents who qualify

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University of Kansas law students want to help with your taxes for free. 

Students involved with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program will prepare tax returns for people who meet the following qualifications: are residents of Douglas County, make less than $58,000 per household per year, and do not itemize their deductions, according to a news release from KU. 

VITA sessions began in late February and will run until April 16 — just before taxes are due on April 18. They are 6 to 8:45 p.m. Mondays, 3-5:45 p.m. Wednesdays, and 9 to 11:45 a.m. Saturdays in the third-floor computer lab inside Wheat Law Library at Green Hall, 1535 W. 15th St.

KU Law students Tyler Hellenbrand and Andrew Tague are coordinating this year’s VITA program, according to the release.

“The VITA program is one of several volunteer programs KU Law students organize for the benefit of the Lawrence community,” dean, professor and VITA program supervisor Stephen Mazza said in the release. “Community members, including KU undergraduate and graduate students, can save hundreds of dollars by having a VITA volunteer prepare their federal and state tax returns.”

The VITA program is first-come, first-served, so those who want to take advantage of the program are encouraged to arrive near the start of each session and bring all relevant documents like proof of identification, income and expenditures, according to the release.

If you don’t meet the qualifications, Legal Services for Students also offers free tax filing assistance. U.S. resident taxpayers who made less than $73,000 in 2021 can use the software LSS provides to prepare and file their returns electronically for free. International students, faculty and staff at KU can use LSS assistance to file their taxes for free with no income limit. 

For more information on the VITA program, email vita@ku.edu or call 785-864-9227.

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