LWC Offers Free Tax-Preparation Service to Area Residents
Posted on Sunday, February 09, 2014 [12:19 PM]
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Area residents
can get a tax break this season at Lindsey Wilson
For the seventh consecutive year, the liberal arts
college is providing area residents with free income-tax service
through the Tax-Aide program. Sponsored by the AARP Foundation, Internal Revenue Service and
LWC, the free service is available from 3-5 p.m. CT Monday and
Wednesday through April 14 in J.L. Turner Leadership Center-Room
108, 100 Blue Raider Drive.
No appointments are taken. Residents are served on
a first-come, first-served basis, according to Lindsey Wilson
Coordinator for Community Outreach and Engagement Candice Armstrong.
To take advantage of the free service, area
residents must bring: a legally recognized picture identification
card of the taxpayer and, if applicable, spouse; Social Security
cards of the taxpayer, spouse and any dependents; copies of last
year's federal and state tax returns; and all W-2 and 1099 forms
and any other relevant materials that show income and expenses for
the current year.
"We'll assess a person's situation when they first
come in, and we'll let them know right away if we think their
financial situation is too complex for this service," Armstrong
Electronic filing will be available free of charge.
AARP membership is not required to take advantage of this free
service, and there are no age restrictions.
"This free service is open to anyone in the
region," Armstrong said. "The program is designed for low- and
moderate-income families and older persons who may qualify for
certain tax benefits and credits but might miss if they were to
file on their own.
Past experience has indicated that many people are
unaware of all of the special benefits that they are entitled to
The free tax preparation will be processed by
upper-division Lindsey Wilson accounting majors, under the
supervision of Lindsey Wilson Associate Professor of Accounting Rose Garvey, who also serves as the Tax-Aide
local coordinator. A translator will also be on hand to assist
"It's a great a community outreach program for the
college, and it's a great way for the college to show its
commitment to the region," Armstrong said.
Armstrong said area residents are always grateful
to not only have their taxes prepared for free but to have a
qualified person prepare them.
"People are so thankful to receive this service,"
she said. "Taxes are intimidating for a lot of us. So knowing that
you have a group of dedicated people who know what they are doing
and will do it for free is a great feeling."
For more information about the Lindsey Wilson
Tax-Aide program, contact Candice Armstrong at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 270-384-7375.