Cresson, Pa. – Area residents needing assistance with their tax returns this year can find it with the help of Mount Aloysius College students through the Mount Aloysius College Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

As part of the free service, tax filers can choose face-to-face appointments or simply drop their paperwork off in the College’s office located on the main floor of the Athletic Convocation and Wellness Center.  Tax filers are encouraged to make an appointment by calling (814) 886-6621.

Qualified taxpayers who wish to use the VITA program should treat the service the same as they would if they were going to an accountant.  Items needed to complete a return may include: proof of identification (photo ID); Social Security cards for you, your spouse and dependents ; birth dates for you, your spouse and dependents on the tax return; wage and earning statements (Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R,1099-Misc) from all employers; interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099); all Forms 1095, health insurance statements; health insurance exemption certificate, if received; a copy of last year’s federal and state returns, if available; the total amount paid for daycare; and the daycare provider’s tax identifying number such as their Social Security number or business employer identification number. VITA is a seasonal volunteer program. Anything that needs done after April 15th must be taken to a paid preparer.

If taxpayers wish to take advantage of direct deposit of refunds, then proof of bank account routing and account numbers will be needed–a blank check will work for this.  To file taxes electronically on a married-filing-joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms.

For additional information, or to make an appointment, call 814-886-6621.

CAPTION: Some of the Mount Aloysius student volunteers wait for appointments in the ACWC. Pictured here are (left to right) Andrew Pasko, of Portage, Pa.; Emily Kelly, of East Freedom Pa.; Mariya Kozhukh, of Portage, Pa.; Amanda Heatwole, of Duncansville, Pa.; Brandi Dickey, Friedens, Pa.