Volunteer Income Tax Assistance is Back

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Tracy Dearinger double checking a tax return.
Tracy Dearinger double checking a tax return.

It's that time of year, many of us dread, income tax time. Gathering up the W-2's and receipts and then wading through the tax forms is both time consuming and for many, nerve-wracking.

Sheridan College is once again, providing free tax assistance to our lower income community members. Ten volunteer students, under the supervision of the college's business instructor, Tracy Dearinger
help folks get their taxes done.

Ron Kraft is helping prepare taxes and while all the volunteer students receive two college credits for helping, he says there's more.

The students are required to be certified in basic and intermediate taxes by the I-R-S and can handle the basics like itemized deductions, interest, dividends, unemployment, social security and some stock transactions.

It's easy to make a mistake doing your own taxes. Michael Fernandez was there on Saturday getting help with his taxes.

Mona Stack has tried to do her own taxes, but met with disaster. The college students have helped her out.

The students prepare the taxes and then Dearinger does a double check before the taxes are e-filed. She says the students gain a whole new perspective on life while preparing others' taxes.

The free income tax assistance is limited to those who make $57,000 or less with relatively easy returns. No appointments are necessary and days and times tax assistance is provided can be found on our website, sheridanmedia.com, at the end of this story.

Thursdays: Feb. 16, March 1, March 8, March 29 from 1-5pm

Saturdays: Feb. 25, March 24, April 7 from 9 am-1pm

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