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UM Students Offer Free Tax Preparation

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MISSOULA -

University of Montana accounting students will prepare your tax return for free if you earn $50,000 or less.

Forty students offer the service through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, or VITA.

A CPA supervises the them while they prepare returns every Saturday through March 2.

Students pass a test and undergo training from the IRS before they're able to prepare taxes.

Program supervisors said they prepare about 600 returns per year.

Kenton Swift, an Associate Professor of Accounting at UM, said, "Between federal and state, we usually have total refunds of about $1 million that go out among those 600 returns and so it really has a positive impact on the economy of Missoula also."

The services runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Gallagher Business Building Room 209.

All community members are welcome.

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