February 3, 2006
UO law and business students offer FREE TAX HELP
Are you puzzled by tax law or which credits and deductions to take? Need help preparing your return? You don’t have to do it alone.
Free tax return preparation help is on the way for single filers who earned less than $25,000 last year or families of two to four whose gross income is $35,000 or less. (Large families must earn no more than $50,000 to qualify for free help.)
WHAT: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
WHO: University of Oregon Pro Bono Program law students, Lundquist College of Business students, and members of Beta Alpha Psi
WHERE: Room 455 (Accounting Suite), Lillis Business Complex, 955 E. 13th Avenue at Kincaid St. on the UO campus in Eugene.
WHEN: Saturday drop in sessions beginning February 11:
February 11 Noon-4 p.m.
February 18 Noon-4 p.m.
February 25 Noon-6 p.m.
March 4 Noon-6 p.m.
March 11 Noon-6 p.m.
March 18 Noon6 p.m.
(NO drop in sessions on March 25 or April 1)
April 8 Noon-6 p.m
April 15 Noon-6 p.m.
This year’s tax program coordinator Rebecca Fritch, a second year UO law student and Pro Bono program participant, is a strong believer in the importance of VITA and law student volunteer energy. She said, “I actually look forward to tax season — I like helping people complete what can often be a daunting task. I enjoy putting the client interviewing skills I learn in the classroom into practice in the real world.”
Vicki Rees, a 2004 graduate of the law school who now works as a business attorney with Hershner Hunter in Eugene, managed the UO program when she was a student. She remembers telling clients that, due to child care or earned income refundable credits, they could expect money back. “Most sighed with relief, many laughed out of nervousness and some cried. The program makes a critical difference in the lives of people who are on the edge financially,” Rees said.
Aldave and the law students reviewed the couple’s tax documents and finished the return. “I informed them they could expect a payment from the U.S. treasury of well over $3,000. The woman began to cry. When she composed herself, she said, ’thank you, thank you. I think we will have enough money to put in a window, too.”