Free Income Tax Preparation Being Offered

Dr. Janet Trewin
accounting/finance associate professor, 308.865.8107

The Beta Alpha Psi Accounting Society at University of Nebraska at Kearney is providing free income tax preparation to the public on Monday nights.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA) is being offered Monday nights, now through April 13. The sessions are taking place 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Kearney Public Library, with the exception of March 16. The free assistance is available to anyone who made less than $42,000 last year.

“We can’t do business returns,” said Dr. Janet Trewin, UNK Accounting Society adviser, “but we can help with some capital gains and interest dividends.”

Attendees are asked to bring their Social Security Card, the Social Security Card of their dependent(s), a picture I.D. and all other information necessary to prepare the tax return. Also, if a person wants credit for child dependent care, they need to bring the daycare provider’s Social Security number or the employer I.D. number.

The program has been an annual offering by the UNK Accounting Society for more than a decade. Last year, 72 returns were filed.

“We could not help some of the people who came due to the requirements,” Dr.Trewin said.

Selected members of the Accounting Society have been certified in volunteer tax assistance through the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

“The students had to take eight tests of basic scenarios,” Dr. Trewin said. “They trained for two months.” Four or more students will be available each evening to assist with intake and returns, while a faculty member will do quality reviews.

Beta Alpha Psi Accounting Society members are listed alphabetically by hometown:

-Brooke Young 
-Alicia Wurm 
-Brennon Kitten 
-Kyle Teel 
-Matt Bjornsen
-Nikki Blaschko
-Katie Cunningham 
St. Paul
-Megan McCarty 
-Wade Jarvi

Mount Pleasant-Bill Hayward