U-Mary Students Provide Public With Free Tax Prep Service
Through April 10

Feb. 12, 2010

Bismarck, ND - There's no need to spend hard-earned money to have your taxes prepared. No need to be confused by federal and state tax forms. Have no fear - U-Mary's Tax Team is here. Now students, low-income taxpayers, disabled and the elderly can count on University of Mary accounting students to decipher the language, crunch the numbers, and do their tax preparation for FREE if they have an income of $49,000 or less.

"We are all about serving others first at the University of Mary, America's Leadership University," says Rhoda Sautner, CPA, University of Mary assistant professor of accounting and the site coordinator. "This is servant leadership at its best from our
U-Mary students."

U-Mary's Tax Team is made up of about 15 U-Mary students who are IRS Certified VITA/TCE Volunteer Preparers. They volunteer their time and talents as part of the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Program every Saturday from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m., and Wednesday, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m., beginning Feb. 17, through April 10. This FREE service will be provided at the Butler Center on 505 S. 7th St. in Bismarck. The service will be closed March 3 and 6, and April 3, 2010.

"This gives our students real-life experience in addition to what they are learning in the classroom," adds Sautner. "This helps our students' learning process and gives them a chance to work with people - which they love to do. It is a wonderful opportunity for both our students and the people we serve."

Students, low-income taxpayers, the disabled, and the elderly can take advantage of this service. No appointments are needed. Sautner says taxpayers can e-file or file on paper. U-Mary's Tax Team hopes to provide this free service to the general public and college students every year.

Those who plan to use this service should bring Social Security card for taxpayer, spouse and all dependents; W-2 wages statements; 1099 interest statements; and a picture ID.

If anyone has questions about the tax service or are unsure if they qualify they can call Rhoda Sautner at 355-8358 or Mary Beth Timian at 355-8029. Media interested in doing a story can contact Tom Ackerman at 355-8002.