KU News Release

Feb. 14, 2011
Contact: Mindie Paget, School of Law, 785-864-9205

Law, business students volunteer time and expertise for free tax preparation service

LAWRENCE — Law and business students from the University of Kansas are offering free tax services for those who qualify now through Monday, April 18.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program prepares returns for taxpayers who are Kansas, Missouri or Illinois residents making less than $49,000 per year and not itemizing deductions. Last year, students prepared about 300 federal and state tax returns.

Law students Courtney Sipe and Joel Griffiths are coordinating this year’s program, with about 30 other law and business students helping to prepare returns.

“The VITA program provides hands-on experience to students with an interest in tax law while providing free tax preparation services to the community,” Sipe said.

Stephen Mazza, interim dean of the law school and professor of law, serves as the VITA faculty coordinator.

The program operates on a first-come, first-served basis. For specific information, call 785-864-9227.


Monday: 6-8:45 p.m., Green Hall, Computer Lab, Third Floor Library
Tuesday: 1-3:30 p.m., Penn House, 1035 Pennsylvania St.
Wednesday: 3-5:45 p.m., Green Hall, Computer Lab, Third Floor Library
Thursday: 3-4:45 p.m., Ballard Center, 708 Elm St., and 5-6:30 p.m., Lawrence Housing Authority, 1600 Haskell Ave. No. 187
Saturday: 10-11:45 a.m., Green Hall, Computer Lab, Third Floor Library

No sessions will be held Feb. 19 and 21 or March 15, 17 and 19-26. The session on March 2 will end at 5 p.m.

The University of Kansas is a major comprehensive research and teaching university. University Relations is the central public relations office for KU's Lawrence campus.

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