UT College of Law Offers Free Income Tax Preparation Assistance

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Stressed about the upcoming tax season? Students at the University of Tennessee College of Law can help worried taxpayers breathe a little easier. As part of the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, the students will offer free tax preparation help to members of the community.

The VITA program offers free tax help and electronic filing to people who generally make $53,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly and limited-English-speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. The UT students who provide assistance are certified by the IRS following a training program and a review of IRS forms and procedures.

The program, which runs through Thursday, April 14, will be provided from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in Suite 157 of the College of Law. Participants should arrive as close to 5 p.m. as possible and no later than 6:30 p.m. to receive assistance in a timely fashion, as space is limited each night. Appointments are not necessary, but services are provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Tax advice will not be shared over the telephone. Public parking is available in the Volunteer Hall garage at 1545 White Ave., directly behind the College of Law.