Free Tax Assistance Available for Columbia Residents

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COLUMBIA - Columbia residents may have until April 15 to submit their taxes, but MU Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) is already opening its doors.

The assistance does two things - helps residents with their taxes and helps MU students learn.

The sites help with tax return preparation, but most sites also have free electronic filing.

Columbia sites:

  1. Stanley Hall Room 162
    • Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays 4:30-8:00 p.m.
    • Saturdays 10:00-1:30 p.m.
  2. Cornell Hall Room 5
    • Mondays 4:30-8:00 p.m.

The tax assistance at MU asks for walk ins only.  They will help residents on a first come, first served basis.

Things to bring:

  • Photo ID
  • Social Security cards for you, your spouse, and any dependants
  • W-2 form for every job you worked in 2012
  • Routing and Account number for direct deposit
  • 2011 Tax Return (optional)

In 2012, did you...

  • Receive unemployment compensation?
    • Bring your Form 1099G
  • Pay for child care?
    • Bring the total you paid for child care expenses and the name, address, and Tax ID/Social Security number of the child care provider
  • Pay student loan interest?
    • Bring the total of the student loan interest you paid
  • Pay for tuition?
    • Bring Form 1098 for you, your spouse, and/or dependent children

VITA is an IRS-sponsored program that provides free tax preparation assistance for low- to moderate income-level homes. Trained community volunteers may help with special credits, such as Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled.