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Penn College Students to Offer Tax Help at North Campus

The Internal Revenue Service’s free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, in which Pennsylvania College of Technology students annually prepare hundreds of returns for area taxpayers, will offer two by-appointment-only sessions for Northern Tier residents this season.

The program will be offered from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, and from 1 to 6 p.m. Friday, March 26, at Penn College’s North Campus, along Route 6 between Wellsboro and Mansfield. Northern Tier residents should call 570-724-7703 to arrange appointments.

Accounting, finance and legal assistant students at the college are annually trained and certified by the IRS to be volunteer tax preparers. Several of them along with coordinator Phillip D. Landers, professor of business administration and accounting in the college’s School of Business and Computer Technologies will conduct the North Campus appointments.

The VITA program is designed for taxpayers who have uncomplicated returns and less than $50,000 in income and who do not own businesses or have stock sales to report, and are not in an intricate retirement situation. Special emphasis is placed on the Earned Income Tax Credit, as well as on Child Tax and Child and Dependent Care credits and property tax/rent rebates.

Taxpayers should bring proof of identification, Social Security Numbers, spousal and dependents’ birth dates, bank-routing information for direct deposit of refunds, important tax documents such as W-2 and 1099 forms, real-estate tax receipts, and unemployment compensation data.

North Campus parking is available at the rear of the building.

The free program also is offered in Room 102 of Penn College’s Madigan Library from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday to Thursday, through April 8. Assistance also is available at The Salvation Army’s 457 Market St. location in downtown Williamsport and at the Muncy Public Library, 108 S. Main St.

For more information about accounting or other majors in the college’s School of Business and Computer Technologies, visit online or call 570-327-4517.

For general information about Penn College, visit on the Web , e-mail or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

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