The Berry College Campbell School of Business is partnering with the IRS to provide free tax preparation services for local residents through the Voluntary Income Tax Assistance Program.

Starting Friday (Feb. 4) and continuing through Apr. 15, a group of specially-trained Berry business students will be available every Friday and Saturday in the Green Hall computer lab to provide tax help. Hours are 12 to 5 p.m. Fridays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. No sessions will be held March 11-12 and 18-19 due to Berry’s spring break.

"This program provides a wonderful experience for students," said Campbell School of Business Dean John Grout. "They gain important real-world experience and provide service to the community. Last year the program provided approximately $40,000 worth of benefits to the community in tax preparation fees saved and earned income tax credits received by clients."

Targeted specifically toward individuals in lower income brackets, the Voluntary Income Tax Assistance Program is designed to ensure that all those who are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit, receive it. Depending upon income level and family circumstances, qualified taxpayers could receive anywhere from $457 to $5,666 in EITC funds.

Services will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. E-mail for more details.

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