For the third year, Liberty University School of Law students will be reaching out to the community by offering the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, a free service that assists qualifying taxpayers in the preparation of income tax returns. The program begins Jan. 31.
“Our faculty and students are committed to providing pro bono legal services to those who need assistance with preparing their tax returns,” said Mathew D. Staver, Dean of Liberty University School of Law. “The program has been very successful because of the commitment of our students. I am very proud of them for using their legal skills to help those in need.”
Students must receive certification from the IRS to participate. In past years, Liberty law students have prepared more than 100 income tax returns and volunteered close to 200 hours.
The VITA program is available to low-to-middle-income taxpayers, generally defined as taxpayers earning $49,000 or less per year. Assistance will be available at Liberty University from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Jan. 31, Feb.1-4, and Feb. 7-11, as well as from noon until 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 5, and Saturday, Feb. 12, in the law school’s Mountain View Room. No appointment is needed during these hours, but a limited number of appointments outside these hours are available by request.