Students Offer Free Tax Preparation for Area Residents
Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 [6:54 PM]
LWC Associate Professor of Accounting Rose Garvey, left, works with
students Kelly Patterson of Windsor, Ky., center, and Megan Coe of
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Lindsey Wilson College
accounting students are offering a tax break for area residents
this season: free income tax preparation.
Through a partnership with the AARP Foundation, Lindsey Wilson
students -- under the supervision of an accounting professor -- are
offering free tax preparation every Monday night through April 8 to
area residents. The service is part of the AARP Tax-Aide Program.
AARP membership is not required to take advantage of the free
service, and there are no age restrictions.
Area residents will be assisted by volunteer student
counselors who have been trained by the Internal Revenue Service.
After the tax preparation is complete, the counselors will file
returns electronically, free of charge.
The free service is offered from 4-7:30 p.m. CT every Monday
through April 8 on a first-come, first-served basis. No
appointments are accepted.
"The program is designed to assist taxpayers by completing
income tax forms and informing them of special tax benefits that
may be available to them," said LWC Associate Professor of
Accounting Rose Garvey. "The counselors are Lindsey
Wilson accounting students, who are certified by the IRS to prepare
basic, individual tax returns."
LWC has offered the service in the past, and Garvey said it's
been very popular with area residents.
"Residents are often pleased to learn about benefits
available to them," she said.
For example, Garvey noted that statistics show that 20-25
percent of working families who qualify for the Earned Income
Credit and Child Tax Credit do not claim those
"Past experience has indicated that many older persons and
low- to moderate-income persons are unaware of special benefits
that they are entitled to claim," Garvey said. "Some may not be
required to file because of limited income. On the other hand, some
residents may need to file in order to take advantage of benefits
available to them."
To take advantage of the free service, residents should bring
a legal picture identification card; a Social Security card for the
taxpayer and all dependents; copies of last year's federal and
state tax returns; all relevant documentation of income and
expenses of the current tax year, such as W-2 and 1099 forms. If
spouses file jointly, they must attend the session together, and
each spouse must have a legal photo ID card and Social Security
For more information about the free service, contact LWC
VISTA Coordinator Candice Armstrong at firstname.lastname@example.org or