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How you can get your taxes done for free

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Eau Claire (WQOW) -- It's tax season, and if you haven't filed yours yet, some university students would like to help you check that off your list.

Accounting students at UW-Eau Claire are providing free state and federal income tax preparation every Monday at the Royal Credit Union (RCU) office, next to Shopko. The service is offered to lower-income individuals who are unsure of where to start and need help filing.

A student with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program said the service not only helps people filing taxes, but also the students.

"I think seeing all different types of people, with different types of income helps me see what I need too for my taxes, and possibly what I'll be helping people with in the future for my job as well," said accounting student Kyle Rouse.

Rouse said it's best to be prepared when coming in for tax assistance by having all your forms ready for them to help you. Taxpayers who are seeking assistance will need to bring the following:

  • Photo ID
  • Social Security cards for taxpayer and dependents (if any)
  • Earnings statements (W-2, W-2G or 1099-R) including interest and dividend statements
  • Copy of last year's tax return
  • Child care provider information (if any)
  • Rent certificates or property tax statement
  • Your bank's routing number and account numbers (for direct deposit)
  • Forms 1095-A, B OR C, Affordable Care Act statements
  • If married and filing jointly, both spouses by be presents to sign required forms (VITA volunteers cannot filed married returns separately)

To make an appointment with a UWEC accounting student, you can stop in or call the Shopko South Office RCU branch. Students will be there every Monday from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. until April 9 (students not available March 19 due to spring break).

Chippewa Valley Technical College is also offering this service through their students. They are available every Thursday from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in room 240 of the Business Education Center. They are offering this service until April 12 (students not available March 22 due to spring break). Sign ups for CVTC's assistance takes place at noon of the same day, and it's on a first come first serve basis.

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