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UPDATED: Feb. 20, 2014: Due to demand, the VITA program will no longer be unable to accept walk-in appointments.

January 23, 2014

RSU Providing Free Tax Prep Beginning Jan. 27

Rogers State University will provide free tax preparation services to the public. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program will be staffed by trained and certified volunteers and will be available to any individual making less than $60,000 a year.

The program is open to all communities in the area and appointments will be handled by Claremore-based Community Action Resource and Development, Inc.

Volunteers are RSU students who have successfully completed Internal Revenue Service training and certification exams for federal and state tax preparation. Student work will be reviewed for accuracy by RSU faculty. All students also have achieved ethics certification and signed a confidentiality agreement protecting the privacy of all clients.

"The VITA program offers a valuable, professional service to the community and provides our students a chance to earn the professional hours required to sit for the CPA exam. We guarantee those who take advantage of the free program will receive exceptional service," said RSU business faculty member P.J. Gorden who is administering the program.

VITA will open on January 27 and run through April 14. The program will be closed during RSU's spring break, March 17-21.

Hours of operation are Mondays, noon to 3 p.m. and Thursdays, 4-7 p.m. in Herrington Hall, Room 225 on the Claremore campus. Those with appointments will get priority, but walk-ins are welcome.

Clients must provide the following documents for VITA volunteers to prepare their tax returns:

  • Picture proof of identification
  • Physical copies of Social Security cards for you, your spouse and your dependents and/or Social Security Number verification letters issued by the Social Security Administration
  • Birth dates for you, your spouse and your dependents on the tax return
  • Wage and earning statements: forms W-2, W-2G and 1099-R from all employers
  • Bank routing numbers and account deposit numbers for direct deposit
  • Interest and dividend statements (forms 1099)
  • A copy of last year's federal and state returns, if available
  • Total paid for day care providers and their tax identifying numbers (the provider's Social Security Numbers or the provider's business Employer Identification Numbers)
  • All documents issued that state "furnished to the IRS"
  • To file taxes electronically on a married filing jointly tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms

To schedule an appointment, contact Suzanne Redden at 918-341-5000 ext. 314.