PELLA — For the third year in a row, Central College and its accounting faculty and students are offering free tax preparation services to Marion County residents. This assistance is made possible through a grant from the Iowa Center for Economic Success.
Students will prepare taxes on a voluntary basis under the supervision of accounting professors through the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. The purpose of the program is to assist low-income taxpayers with free tax preparation services. Generally, VITA services are open to taxpayers with less than $58,000 in annual income; limited English speakers; and people with disabilities. Those who do not meet these criteria are encouraged to make an appointment, in person or virtually, to learn how to do their taxes on their own.
“Working with students to support our community is one of the most rewarding parts of my job,” says Maggie Fisher Schlerman, associate professor of accounting and a 2002 Central graduate. preparing tax returns, but they also develop relationships with members of our wider community. I love it when a student is asked by name. It shows they’ve done a great job and built some trust . .”
In-person clinics will be held during tax season with appropriate security protocols at the Weller Center for Business and International Studies on Central Campus. Customers will also have the ability to make appointments virtually. Appointments will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. Appointments will not take place from March 12 to 19 during spring break. The program will begin scheduling appointments on Monday, January 24.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call or text 641-629-6729 or email [email protected]