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NCC’s VITA Program Hits$1,000,000 Mark in Tax Payer Refunds

NCC Accounting Professor Tony Scott, who runs the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program at Norwalk Community College, has announced that IRS trained student preparers have recently achieved $1,000,000 in taxpayer refunds since the program started in 2009.

The Internal Revenue Service’s Volunteer Income Tax Preparation (VITA) program at Norwalk Community College provides FREE income tax preparation and filing service to low and moderate income taxpayers, who earn incomes of approximately $52,000 or less.

At NCC, the student volunteers are ready to prepare taxes, ensure accurate refunds and encourage savings. The volunteer preparers also make sure that taxpayers claim credits like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), which can lead to significant tax refunds. Refund recipients are also counseled on how to save refund money for a secure financial future.

No appointments are necessary. Walk-ins seeking tax preparation help can come to Room W138 on the NCC West Campus on Saturdays through April 12 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; or come to the Student Success Center, located off the main entrance to the East Campus Atrium, on Thursday evenings through April 10 from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

In order to determine if they meet the basic qualifications to use this free service, taxpayers should go to the IRS website at www.irs.gov and search “Free Tax Preparation for You by Volunteers.” The website also provides a list of documents and information that taxpayers should bring with them to prepare their tax return.

For additional information about the NCC VITA Program, contact Professor Tony Scott, at nccvita@ncc.commnet.edu or call (203) 857-7144 or (203) 857-7358.