Members of the HOPE Public Interest Resource Center's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program are offering University of Miami employees and subcontractors free help with their tax returns.
The session – on Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in room D201 of the Law Library – will provide basic income-tax return preparation and free electronic filing. The service is available to taxpayers earning $50,000 or less, individuals with disabilities, non-English speakers, and the elderly. The VITA volunteers consist of undergraduate, law and LL.M. students, as well as alumni. Last year, Miami Law's VITA program filed more than 120 tax returns and helped taxpayers receive more than $125,000 in refunds.
"The VITA Program is a great way to get involved with the community and provide tangible benefits," said Daniela Gordon, HOPE's post-graduate fellow.
VITA is a nationwide program that provides free tax assistance to low-income, elderly and disabled individuals who need help with basic income tax-return preparation and electronic filing. All VITA volunteers receive training from the IRS. To ensure that all of Miami-Dade County's residents have access to the service, tax preparation assistance is offered in English, Spanish and Creole.
Miami Law's VITA site is located at Goodwill South Florida, 2121 NW 21st Street, in Miami. The site is open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during tax season.
For additional questions about VITA, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.