Free tax assistance from Clayton State accounting students

Accounting students from Clayton State University have been busy reviewing all the tax law changes for 2010 because they are participating in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program hosted by the University's School of Business.

VITA is a national program that provides free tax support for certain eligible taxpayers.

This program, which has been in existence for 37 years, provides volunteers with extensive IRS training and testing. The volunteers can then ensure that taxpayers will have their tax returns filled out accurately and timely and receive the tax credits they qualify for, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit.

Students can also benefit from having VITA volunteers prepare their taxes because the volunteers are trained in the recent changes to the credits available for tuition and other school-related expenses. The VITA program also prepares state income tax returns and provides free e-filing options to ensure clients receive their refunds as soon as possible.

For the 2010 tax season, this service will be offered at the Clayton School of Business on Saturday Feb. 19, Feb. 26, Mar. 19 and Mar. 26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Taxpayers will be assisted on a first come, first serve basis.

If taxpayers have further questions they may call the VITA hotline at 678-466-4527.