If you need help filing your taxes this year, head to Fairfield University. That’s because their Dolan School of Business will do your tax return for free!

Aspetuck News reports that the school will host these services every Friday between 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.  However, this only goes for the next 10 weeks, so hurry.

This is an excellent alternative to those hoping to save money because most tax prepares charge a fee.   Most fees are about $200 bucks, so think about it.

Also, it’s not just students who will file your taxes.  The school also will have volunteers on hand.  They all completed a technical and professional conduct certification process under IRS supervision.  Safe to say, the people offering to file your taxes know what they’re doing.

All the volunteers are part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, or VITA.  This IRS-approved program files taxes for those with a household income up to $60,000.

Volunteers also do more than just a simple tax return.  They do direct deposit refunds, help retired or self-employed individuals, and also give sound financial advice.  In addition, they do consultations on benefits screening and advise on long-term financial security.

Ahmed Ebrahim, PhD, associate professor of Accounting at the Dolan School, says services like these are important:

“It helps [low income taxpayers] to obtain the tax credits they are entitled to, dealing with trusted and experienced people in a safe environment. In the process, our Accounting students and volunteers put their accounting and taxation knowledge into action preparing tax returns for real clients.”

However, this program is first come first serve.  So, call 203-254-4307 to book your appointment.

But not everyone can make it to Fairfield U to file their tax return.  So, the Bridgeport Islamic Community Center will also allow people to file their taxes there.

Again, you can only go if you make an appointment by calling 845-633-2679.

To learn more about VITA, click HERE.  And, don’t forget, the deadline to file your tax return is Tuesday, April 17th.

 

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