Get free tax help Saturday at CSULB

Cal State Long Beach accounting students who are certified by the Internal Revenue Service will provide free tax preparation services on Saturday at the campus.

About 90 students will be on hand to provide free help to low-income families that earn less than $54,000 a year, along with those who are disabled, elderly, students or non-residents. Students will also be able to help those with limited English proficiency.

“Our students get great hands-on experience, and the … clients get tax refunds they might otherwise not receive,” Michael Solt, dean of the College of Business Administration, said in a statement.

Last year, student-volunteers filed more than 1,300 state and federal tax returns, which, combined, totaled to more than $700,000 in refunds.

No appointments are required. Individuals will be served on a first come first serve basis.

People interested in participating should bring the following necessary original documents. No photocopies or pictures of these documents will be accepted.

  • Government issued photo ID or driver’s license.
  • Original Social Security card or documents of individual taxpayer identification number.
  • All W-2’s and 1099’s (if any)
  • Other income and expense information
  • Students or parents of students bring total tuition fees and expenses paid (form 1098-T)
  • Parents bring total expenses paid for child’s daycare if any.
  • Day care or dependent care provider’s address, phone and SSN or EIN.
  • Bank account and routing number (voided check) for direct deposit of refund.
  • Last year’s tax return is helpful, but not required.
  • To file taxes electronically on a married-filing-joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the College of Business computer lab, 1250 Bellflower Blvd. Park in Lot E-1.

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