WCC to provide free tax assistance

By on January 28, 2011

AURORA—In these trying economic times, everyone can benefit from maximizing their tax refund, but many cannot afford to hire a tax professional to help them do it. Fortunately, Waubonsee Community College can help.

This tax season marks the college’s seventh as a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site. Last year, the college’s students and volunteers completed more than 1,600 tax returns, refunding more than $1.6 million to low- to moderate-income individuals and families in the community.

Beginning Saturday, Jan. 29, tax assistance sessions will take place on Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Wednesdays, 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the college’s Aurora campus, 5 E. Galena Boulevard. The sessions run through April 18, but the site will be closed on March 16 and 19. At these sessions, Waubonsee students and volunteers help prepare tax returns and file them electronically, including the 1040 Schedule C form that small businesses use. Families can also get help completing the Free Application for Federal Student Assistance (FAFSA).

Eligible for assistance are families with annual incomes of less than $50,000, and individuals with annual incomes of less than $25,000. People seeking tax help should bring a copy of their 2009 tax return, if they have one; W-2 forms and 1099s from all 2010 jobs; social security cards for all family members; and a photo ID.

For more information on Waubonsee’s tax assistance sessions, call the college’s VITA line at (630) 466-7900, ext. 2992, or e-mail VITA@waubonsee.edu. You can also visit the Center for Economic Progress’ website at www.centerforprogress.org.