MCC students & faculty to offer free tax preparation

FLINT — Mott Community College (MCC) will again participate in Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program this year. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) sponsors the VITA program which offers FREE tax preparation (Federal, State and Local) to qualifying individuals that make $57,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. (For more information on the VITA program please visit the IRS site).

“We will have roughly 27 volunteers working among the six site days,” said Alana Ferguson, Site Coordinator and Accounting faculty member in the Business Division at MCC. “This program is a great opportunity for our Accounting students to apply classroom knowledge to real life situations. The students will refine and practice their professional soft skills while sharing their new talents with our community,” she added.

The College will host tax preparation sessions from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. by appointment on Feb. 24, March 3, 10 and24, and April 7 and 14. Call 2-1-1 or 866-561- 2500- to make an appointment. To determine eligibility for the services, visit Free-Tax-Return-Preparation-for-Youby Volunteers

MCC students and faculty become certified through the IRS to volunteer in the VITA program by preparing tax returns (Federal, State and Local) for individuals and families in the community. Students use the education gained from the classroom to apply to real world experience.

This form of service learning includes reflections from their involvement. Volunteers actively practice citizenship and critical thinking, part of the MCC General Education Requirements. — G.G.

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