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 NWTC students give volunteer tax help to low-income residents


 Casey Fryda


IRS recognizes NWTC volunteers for growth in services provided

Individuals who want assistance with their tax return can get help through Northeast Wisconsin Technical College starting next week. Local Accounting students are providing free services in Green Bay and Marinette. 

Individuals and families whose household income is under $60,000 will be served through the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. VITA is an IRS-sponsored program that offers free basic tax preparation to people with low to moderate incomes by trained volunteers who have passed certification tests. Services include filing for the Homestead Tax Credit. A certified IRS volunteer will prepare returns.

The IRS has recognized participating students for their increasingly popular work. NWTC was presented with the High Growth award for 2013 from the IRS because the number of federal tax returns completed by NWTC students increased by 63.6 % from 2012 to 2013. This was due in part to a partnership with Goodwill Industries which resulted in opening a free income tax preparation site at Harmony Cafe along with the site at NWTC.

Appointments for VITA tax services will be offered at NWTC-Green Bay and at the Harmony Café on Mason Street in Green Bay. To sign up for an appointment in Green Bay:

Services are also available through NWTC-Marinette. For details, call (715) 735-9361.