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Colleges team up to offer tax assistance

Posted: 1:30 PM, Feb 01, 2016
Updated: 2016-02-01 18:30:39Z

Carroll Community College and McDaniel College are teaming up to prepare tax returns for low-income residents for the first time ever.

Through the IRS’ Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, returns are prepared for free by trained students from Feb. 1 through April 15 at Carroll Community College, 1601 Washington Road in Westminster.

VITA offers free assistance to those with low-to-moderate incomes, including people with disabilities and the elderly. Taxpayers who qualify and who file Form 1040EZ, Form 1040A or basic Form 1040 federal tax returns may be eligible.

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Both colleges have offered the service before, but never together. Fourteen students from Carroll and 10 from McDaniel. Out-of-state, prior-year returns and amended returns are also prepared.

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To schedule an appointment, contact Linda Brandt at 410-386-8242 or email lbrandt@carrollcc.edu.

Items to bring include:

  •             Photo ID
  •             Social Security or ITIN card
  •             Wage and earning statements (W-2) from all employers
  •             Interest statements from banks (Form 1099)
  •             1095A, 1095C, or other information about health insurance coverage during the year
  •             Social Security statement, if you are collecting Social Security
  •             Other relevant information about income and expenses
  •             A copy of last year's tax return, if available

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