Millersville University students and employees are being offered free tax preparation, provided by United Way of Lancaster County’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program.
Eligible students and employees are those who have made a total household income of less than $50,000 during 2014. The Office for Experiential Learning and Career Management (ELCM) is hosting VITA on Feb. 14, Feb. 21, Feb. 28, March 7, March 21, March 28 and April 4.
Site coordinator and Millersville budget analyst, Amanda Flurry, was a VITA volunteer tax preparer last year at the Stayer site. This year she is the site coordinator, supervising the volunteer tax preparers.
“Helping eligible students and employees save an average of $200 in tax preparation fees on top of their tax refunds and tax credits puts hard-earned money back in the pockets of our community’s wage earners. In addition to providing our community with a valuable service, the VITA program gives Millersville student interns and volunteers an opportunity to gain the kinds of hands-on experiences and leadership skills that are highly sought by prospective employers,” said Melissa Wardwell, director of the Office for Experiential Learning and Career Management.
In addition, the trained preparers will determine if workers are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The EITC is a very valuable credit for income-eligible taxpayers who worked during 2014 and can be worth up to $6,143.
United Way’s VITA Program also provides free online software for anyone to file their own taxes if they had a total household income less than $60,000 during 2014. The software can be found at www.FreeTaxPrepLancaster.org.
Eligible students and employees must make an appointment by calling the United Way of Lancaster County at 2-1-1 or 717-291-5462.