From left: Matthew Maron, assistant teaching professor of accounting and VITA program coordinator at Quinnipiac University, Quinnipiac junior accounting major Daniel Giordano, U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, Quinnipiac junior accounting major Frances Nemeth, and Nelson Alino, chair and associate professor of accounting at Quinnipiac, were among those who attended a Jan. 27 press conference at the Keefe Center in recognition of Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day. Photo by John Pettit of Quinnipiac University.

Quinnipiac University accounting students will offer free income tax return preparation services at a series of volunteer income tax assistance (VITA) sessions during this year’s tax season. The services are available to taxpayers with annual household incomes of $54,000 or less.

The sessions will take place at the Keefe Community Center, 11 Pine St., Hamden, from 3-8 p.m. every Thursday, starting Feb. 2 and running through April 13. There will be no session on March 16, while the students are on spring break. Those who are interested can just walk in; no appointments are necessary.

“This is an excellent opportunity for Quinnipiac University students to give back to the community, strengthen their communication skills and apply what they have learned in the classroom in the real world,” said Matthew Maron, assistant teaching professor of accounting and VITA program coordinator at Quinnipiac. “In addition, they will experience the warm feeling one receives when assisting those most in need, who cannot afford to pay to have their taxes prepared.”

Maron and Nick Misenti, assistant teaching professor of business law at Quinnipiac, will review each tax return before it is e-filed.

For each session, participants must bring the following documents:

  • Social Security card or ITIN numbers for you and each person listed on the tax return
  • Copy of last year’s federal and state returns if available
  • Valid photo ID
  • Documentation for all income from work, Social Security or pensions, including forms W-2,
  • Education expenses and student loan payments
  • Total amount paid for child care. Bring daycare provider’s address and tax ID number
  • Bank routing and checking and savings account numbers to direct deposit your refund
  • Copy of mortgage 1098 form and receipt of property taxes paid
  • Access CT forms, 1095A or a copy of health insurance form 1095B or C

Quinnipiac’s VITA program is part of the United Way of Greater New Haven’s VITA coalition.

For more information, please contact Maron at [email protected] or 203-582-7623.

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