Accounting students & volunteers to offer free tax prep for low income taxpayers

Feb 4, 2021 | 11:09 AM
Alexandria Technical & Community College accounting students and volunteers are offering free tax return preparation for low income taxpayers from February 23 to April 13 (closed over spring break). Students and volunteers are trained and certified by the IRS to prepare returns.

Alexandria Technical & Community College accounting students and volunteers are offering free tax return preparation for low income taxpayers from February 23 to April 13.

Students and volunteers are trained and certified by the IRS to prepare returns.

We know the new tax cuts and Jobs Act and how it affects you! We are trained to get every credit you qualify for including the Earned Income Tax Credit, Education Credits, Child Tax Credit, Dependent Care Credit, Rent Credit, and the Minnesota Property Tax Refund. Every return is reviewed with an experienced instructor or tax professional.

  • Where: ATCC Room 703 of the Business and Information Technology Center
  • When: 4-6 pm Tuesdays and Thursdays, February 23 through April 13. Closed 3/9 and 3/11 for spring break.
External Site: Time to Sign Up Click here to sign up

Call 320.762.4429 to leave a message or email vita@alextech.edu with questions.

COVID-19 changes and procedures
  • Interactions limited to 15 minutes or less
  • Protective screens used along with required face mask
  • Mandatory screening process at the door
  • Preparation and review available virtually in some situations
  • Please, no children 
Do you Qualify for Free Preparation?

Your income should be $40,000 or less, and you cannot have complex tax issues like rental income, depreciation, multi-state income, or military income. Students and volunteers are not trained to do foreign student returns.

Economic Impact Payment (stimulus check):

You MUST know how much you received for you Economic Stimulus Payment. Don’t guess! Look it up before you arrive. For help,visit https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/get-mypayment

Site Coordinator Video

For additional information, please watch this short video from site coordinator and Accounting instructor Mark Meuwissen:

Items to Bring
  • State issued Photo ID and Social Security Cards for everyone listed on the return.
  • Birth dates for you, your spouse, and dependents
  • Wage and earning statement(s) form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R from all employers
  • Interest and dividend statements from banks (form 1099)
  • Last year's return if possible
  • Identity Protection number if you have one.
  • Amount paid for daycare and the provider's identifying number or Social Security number
  • Certificate of rent or property tax statements
  • Voided check with bank routing numbers
  • Minnesota K-12 education costs
  • 1098-T tuition statements and book receipts

For special circumstances and additional information, please download the flyer.

External Site: Time to Sign Up Click here to sign up

Call 320.762.4429 to leave a message or email vita@alextech.edu with questions.

If you are a College Student
  • Your 1098-T, your e-services billing statements, any receipts for books, computer rentals, software or virus protection receipts, course related costs.
  • Student loan records, payments made, interest paid.
If you have K-12 children
  • Private tuition paid
  • Receipts for supplies, books, musical instruments, computers purchased or rented, software bought, calculators, other expenses paid.
  • Athletic or after school activities normally do not have a tax benefit
  • Tuition paid to enrichment courses (non-religious).
  • Fees paid for special courses to improve reading, writing or math skills
  • Driver Education courses
If you save for retirement
  • Any contributions to a deferred savings plan that are not detailed on your W-2
  • Payments for Long-term Care Insurance
  • Contributions to an HSA or education savings account.
Other items to bring
  • 1098 mortgage interest statement
  • Certificate of Rent Paid
  • Gambling winnings and losses
  • Any transactions involving cryptocurrency
  • Investment income or any broker statements
Last Year Returns
  • If you did not complete a return for 2019, bring along all the above information. We may be able to complete both years for you
  • We can do both 2019 and 2020 rent credits and property tax credits
External Site: Time to Sign Up Click here to sign up

Call 320.762.4429 to leave a message or email vita@alextech.edu with questions.


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