FMU Tax II students provide free tax return preparation services to the community
For the eighth consecutive year, Francis Marion University and the Internal Revenue Service have united to provide free tax return preparation services to all area residents, FMU students, faculty and staff.
Each Wednesday night from Jan. 29 – April 9, community members who want tax assistance can receive it from FMU Tax II students in the School of Business computer lab located in Founders Hall room 259C, through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Tax return preparation services will be provided on Wednesdays from 5 to 9 p.m.
Last year, student volunteers served some 300 residents. As required by the VITA program, the students are trained and certified with classes in individual taxation, says Dr. Brad Johnson, FMU School of Business tax professor who supervises the group.
“We’re competent, certified, well-trained volunteers who are eager to assist the residents of the Pee Dee and the FMU community at large,” says Johnson who has worked as a tax professor for more than 30 years.
Johnson joined the Francis Marion faculty in 2003. He teaches tax and financial accounting, the legal environment of business, and financial accounting theory and practice. He earned the Ph.D. in business administration from the University of Houston, the J.D. at Northwestern School of Law at Lewis Clark College in Portland, Ore. and the M.B.T. in taxation from the University of Southern California.
To aid in preparing the return, the VITA Tax Volunteer will need the following documents: Driver’s License; Social Security Cards (or Military I.D. with social security number) for taxpayer, spouse and all dependents listed on the tax return; W-2s, and 1099s.
There are no income requirements. For more information about the service, contact Johnson at (843) 661-1427.