SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - Free tax return preparation is available to qualifying families and individuals meeting the guidelines in the table below. This service is being provided by members of the Shippensburg University Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.
VITA is a national program set up by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and sponsored by the Community Action Commission "Money in Your Pocket" Campaign. It provides free assistance to low- to moderate-income individuals and families. Upper-level accounting and business students in the John L. Grove College of Business at Shippensburg University have taken training classes and been certified by the IRS to provide high-quality tax preparation service, including e-filing of federal and state returns for fast refunds. Local returns also are prepared.
Deborah Hocking, CPA, is the VITA site director.
VITA sites throughout the United States provide confidential and quality tax consultation free of charge to those who qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Eligible individuals include those (generally ages 25 to 64) without investment income (for example, interest, dividends, pensions, Social Security or unemployment) exceeding $2,950 and having earned an income that was equal to or less than the incomes below: