Release Date: February 6, 2018
BUFFALO, N.Y. — IRS-certified accounting students from the University at Buffalo School of Management will again provide free tax preparation services to individuals and families with annual incomes below $54,000.
Area residents and students are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity, which will be held on UB’s North and South campuses. The IRS estimates that using such free services can save taxpayers $100 to $300 in preparation fees.
This service can be especially valuable to low-income tax filers by helping them apply for earned income tax credits that can provide a needed boost in annual income. The tax credits, which can reduce or eliminate income taxes by refunding taxes already withheld from wages, can mean as much as $5,028 for a family with two children.
Free tax preparation will be offered from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis as follows:
Participants must bring the following:
The tax service is provided by the IRS-sponsored Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program with volunteers from the UB chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, an international honors organization for accounting and finance students, with help from the UB Accounting Association.
New for 2018: A limited number of self-service computer stations with tax preparation software will be available for individuals who wish to prepare their own returns.
Frequently asked questions, maps and directions can be found online at mgt.buffalo.edu/freetaxprep. For additional questions, send an email to email@example.com, and a student volunteer will reply within two business days.
Note that tax preparation for nonresident aliens requires special processing that is beyond the scope of the services provided by Beta Alpha Psi. UB international students on a nonimmigrant visa may be eligibile to use Sprintax to file their taxes.