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 A group of BHSU students enrolled in the Advanced Tax course are volunteering their time to assist area residents with tax preparation through the VITA program.

For more than a decade, Black Hills State University accounting students have been putting their classroom learning to practice by assisting area residents prepare their taxes through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

Through Tuesday, March 4, the students will once again volunteer their time and expertise to help students, the elderly, low income individuals, and veterans file their taxes.     

The VITA program offers free tax help to people who make $57,000 or less and need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. Liz Diers, BHSU assistant professor of accounting, is having her advanced income tax class host a local VITA site. The IRS-certified students provide basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals in local communities.

“This is an excellent opportunity for students in advanced tax to get real world experience as well as offer a great service to their fellow students, staff and faculty, and members of the Spearfish community,” Diers said.                                                                           

This year, the VITA program will be held at two locations: on campus and at the Grace Balloch Memorial Library. See below for dates and times.

For an appointment on campus, contact Hannah Burtt at (605)642-6912. For an appointment at the library, please contact the Grace Balloch Memorial Library at (605)642-1330. Walk-ins are welcome on campus, but preference will be given to those with an appointment. 

Black Hills State University Room 206 in the Student Union :

Tuesday, Feb. 18 – noon – 3 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 25 – noon – 3 p.m.

Tuesday, March 4 – noon – 3 p.m.

Grace Balloch Memorial Library VITA Site:

Saturday, Feb. 15 – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 22 – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Saturday, March 1 – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Saturday, March 8 – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Saturday, March 22  10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Saturday, March 29 – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Items You Need to Bring
To have your tax return(s) prepared at a VITA site you need to bring the following information with you:

·         Proof of identification – Picture ID

·        One of the following:

·         Social Security Cards for you, your spouse and dependents or a Social Security Number verification letter issued by the Social Security Administration or

·          Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) assignment letter for you, your spouse and dependents

·         Proof of foreign status, if applying for an ITIN

·         Birth dates for you, your spouse and dependents on the tax return

·         Wage and earning statement(s) Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, 1099-Misc from all employers

·         Interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099)

·         A copy of last year’s federal and state returns if available

·         Proof of bank account routing numbers and account numbers for direct deposit, such as a blank check

·         Total paid for daycare and the daycare provider's tax identifying number (the provider's Social Security Number or the provider's business Employer Identification Number) if appropriate

·         To file taxes electronically on a married-filing-joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms.

It is extremely important that each person use the correct Social Security Number. The most accurate information is usually located on your original Social Security card. If you do not have a SSN for you or a dependent, you should complete Form SS-5, Social Security Number Application. This form should be submitted to the nearest Social Security Administration Office.