Creighton accounting students offer free tax-filing help to low-income community

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Published: Feb. 15, 2020 at 12:07 PM CST
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Its tax season and the filing process can be daunting, but accounting students at Creighton University tell 6 News they're here to help.

"VITA is volunteer income tax assistance. Which is basically we provide free tax services to anyone that makes less than $56,000 a year,” said Mathew Kubicek, VITA Coordinator.

Accounting students at Creighton University are spending their Saturday digging into your taxes.

"For us, providing this free service is beneficial to the community just because we're able to do their return, we're able to learn and it's free for them. Which is a great benefit,” said Kubicek.

This VITA clinic is part of Creighton’s accounting program, it gives students the ability to take what they learn in school and apply it in the real world.

"We've had two so far up in Winnebago, Nebraska, where we were able to help on the reservation. We helped about 50 clients up there,” said Kubicek.

With Saturday's packed turnout, they're expecting the same here in the Metro. It's not just helpful to the students, it gives members of the community the chance to have their taxes done ahead of the April 15 deadline — at no added cost.

"We see a lot of people who... are lower income in the Omaha community resorting to services like Turbo Tax or H&R Block and those cost money. Right. And especially for lower-income people, that $100 or $200 they spend on doing their return could make a big impact,” said Kubicek.

The only requirement for people wanting help with their taxes at the vita clinics is to make less than $56,000 a year. Other than that, bring your tax paperwork, and you're good to go.

Need assistance?

The VITA clinics are happening from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on upcoming Saturdays:

  • Feb. 22 at Creighton University Harper Center, Rooms 3040 and 3042
  • Feb. 29 at Creighton University Harper Center, Ahmanson Ballroom
  • March 21 Creighton University Harper Center, Rooms 4052 and 4053
  • Creighton University Harper Center, Ahmanson Ballroom
What to bring

To make sure your tax-return filing process goes smoothly, make sure to bring the following items:

  • Proof of Identification, like a photo ID
  • Social Security Cards for you, your spouse and dependents
  • All wage and earning statements, such as W-2 forms
  • Form 1095, Health Insurance Statements, if applicable
  • Bank accounting routing number and account number for direct deposit
  • Copy of last year’s federal and state returns, if available

Correction: A previous version of this story had an incorrect start time for the clinics. 6 News regrets the error.

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