By Niko Balkaran
York College is providing free tax preparation services for students, faculty and staff every Thursday until April 14. This service is made possible through an IRS-sponsored Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.
The college will help in preparing several types of tax returns. These include Forms W2, 1099 MISC, 1099 R, SSA, SSI, 1099G, 1099 INT and students and scholars on F1, F2, J1, or J2 visas.
Self-employed taxpayers can also get help provided they properly document all expense items.
You can also get help with e-filing and direct deposit.
To take advantage of the service, you should have several documents on hand. These include a government-issued photo ID, social security cards for yourself and everyone on your tax return and income statements, including W2, 1099 INT, SSI, 1099G.
You will also need information for deductions or credits such as tuition statements, mortgage interest statements, student loan interest, childcare expenses, along with a copy of last year’s tax return and a voided check should you wish to receive direct deposit.
The office is located in the 4G corridor on the 4th floor and is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You do not need to schedule an appointment as they work on a first-come, first-served basis.