Sugar Groveâ€”In these dire economic times, everyone can benefit from maximizing their tax refund, but many can not afford to hire a tax professional to help them do it.
Fortunately, Waubonsee Community College can help. This tax season marks the collegeâ€™s sixth as a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site. Last year the collegeâ€™s students and volunteers completed more than 1,600 tax returns, refunding more than $1.2 million to low- to moderate-income individuals and families in the community.
Beginning Saturday, Jan. 30, tax assistance sessions will take place on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Wednesdays from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the collegeâ€™s Aurora campus, 5 E. Galena Blvd.
The sessions run through April 15, but the site will be closed on March 17 and 20. At these sessions, Waubonsee students and volunteers help prepare tax returns and file them electronically. Families can also get help completing the Free Application for Federal Student Assistance (FAFSA).
Eligible for assistance are families with annual incomes of less than $50,000, and individuals with annual incomes of less than $25,000. People seeking tax help should bring a copy of their 2008 tax return, if they have one; W-2 forms and 1099s from all 2009 jobs; social security cards for all family members; and a photo ID.
For more information on Waubonseeâ€™s tax assistance sessions, call the collegeâ€™s VITA line at (630) 466-7900, ext. 2992, or e-mail VITA@waubonsee.edu. You can also visit the Center for Economic Progressâ€™ website at www.centerforprogress.org.