Free Tax Preparation Available
February 7th — Northwest Indiana families with less than $50,000 in annual income may be eligible for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program at the Indiana University Northwest School of Business and Economics. Beginning February 7th and continuing most Fridays through April, participants can take advantage of free electronic tax filing of federal and state returns.
VITA sessions are available by appointment Friday evenings from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Dunes Medical/Professional Building at IU Northwest, located near Jefferson Street and 35th Avenue.
Families are asked to bring all W-2 forms, and all other relevant financial information, including 1099s, Social Security and government payment notices, any tax rebate amounts received, any other notices of income, mortgage interest, taxes paid, qualified tuition payments, contributions, rents paid, names and addresses of landlords, as well as all family and dependent Social Security numbers and birthdates. Individuals are also asked to bring a photo ID.
VITA services are made possible by the IU Northwest School of Business and Economics, the Accounting and Business Student Organization, Northwest Indiana Community Action and the Internal Revenue Service. Business and accounting students at IU Northwest are trained by faculty members and Internal Revenue Service representatives to prepare the tax returns.