DATE:  January 29, 2008
CONTACT: Dr. Valrie Chambers 361.825.6012; or Steve Paschal 361.826.2336
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Students to Provide Voluntary Income Tax Assistance to Low Income Families

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Members of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Student Accounting Society will assist low income families in the Coastal Bend prepare their tax returns throughout the tax season as part of the Internal Revenue Service’s Voluntary Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

According to Dr. Valrie Chambers, associate professor of business, students from the University’s College of Business tax class can replace one of their test grades with 20 hours of community service preparing tax returns in conjunction with this program. The program is geared toward helping seniors and low-income taxpayers with relatively simple returns as well as those taxpayers for whom English is a second language.

“This is an opportunity for students to gain experience beyond the classroom while assisting with the much-needed public service of helping the public comply with a complex tax code,” said Chambers.

Most families who earn less than $38,000, military families (in conjunction with the Armed Forces Tax Council), and taxpayers 60 years of age and older (generally in conjunction with AARP sites) are eligible to have their tax returns prepared for free. To file electronically, which speeds the receipt of tax refunds on a married couple filing a joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms. Anyone needing assistance should bring:

· Photo identification.
· Social Security cards for both spouses and dependents.
· Birth dates for primary, secondary and dependents on the tax return.
· Wage and earning statement(s) Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, from all employers.
· Interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099).
· A copy of last year’s Federal and State returns (if available).
· Bank routing numbers and account numbers for direct deposit.
· Other relevant information about income and expenses.
· Total paid for day care and the day care providers identifying number.

The following locations offer VITA services through Tuesday, April 15:

· Weed and Seed, 2121 Mary Street: Tuesday and Thursday from 3-7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
· Miller High School: Monday and Wednesday from 4-7 p.m.
· Del Mar College (East Campus) Venters Business Building, Room 206: Tuesday and Thursday from 2-6:30 p.m.