Certified Westminster Accounting Students Offer Local Residents Free Tax Preparation Service 


ColumnsLocal residents can have their income tax returns prepared for free by taking advantage of a service being offered by certified Westminster College accounting students.
Advanced accounting students at Westminster who have been certified by the IRS as tax return preparers will offer their services free of charge on Monday evenings from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. during the time period February 4-April 15 in Room 121 of the Coulter Science Center on the campus of Westminster College. One additional opportunity will be offered from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. on Saturday, February 9.
However, the service will not be available March 11 or April 1 when Westminster is closed for campus holidays.
To qualify for this free service, local residents must have earned less than $51,000 last year. This income limitation is applied whether the taxpayer is filing as an individual or jointly.
Those coming to Coulter to have their taxes prepared should bring photo identification; Social Security cards for themselves, their spouses and dependents; all W-2 forms; any 1099 forms received; student loan interest payment information; form 1098 for tuition paid; child care expense declarations; a personal check or routing and account number for direct deposit; and if available, their 2011 tax return.
For more information, call Elise Bartley at 573-592-5215 or e-mail her at elise.bartley@westminster-mo.edu.