Students offer free tax assistance for low-income families

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Students from colleges across West Michigan and other organizations are offering free tax filing assistance for low-income families.

Those that make less than $58,000 in total family income a year are able to receive free tax preparation at 16 West Michigan locations.

Accounting students from Davenport University, Aquinas College, Cornerstone University, and Grand Rapids Community College as well as members of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MACPA) are participating.

Volunteers are working in conjunction with the Volunteer Income tax Assistance (VITA) and have been certified by the IRS.

Last year 95 volunteers gathered a combined total of over $8 million in tax refunds and credits from over 6,800 man hours logged.

In order to receive the tax preparation you must have the following items with you to file your taxes.

•    Picture ID and social security card for filer and spouse, social security cards for dependents.
•    Birth dates for primary, secondary and dependents on the tax return.
•    Wage and earning statement(s) Forms W-2 from all employers.
•    Other income statements (Forms 1099).
•    Form 1095-A for the Affordable Health Care forms and healthcare info.
•    A copy of last year’s federal and state returns if available.
•    Bank routing numbers and account numbers for direct deposit.
•    Everything saying “important tax document” on it.
•    Rent paid out-of-pocket, landlord’s name(s) and address or 2014 property taxes and the home’s taxable value.
•    Home heating costs as reported on the December – March utility bills.

To schedule an appointment you can call Davenport university at 616.871.6147 or visit Davenport’s Tax help website.

Listed below are the 16 locations where families can go to receive help:

•    Davenport University W.A. Lettinga Campus (FSA site)
6191 Kraft Ave. SE, Rm 222
Grand Rapids, MI 49512
Jan. 23 – April 10, 2015
Fridays: 5 – 9 p.m.
Saturdays: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

•    Davenport University Peter C. Cook Center (Downtown Grand Rapids-FSA site)
45 Ottawa Ave.
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Jan. 23 – April 10, 2015
Wednesdays: 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Saturdays: 9 a.m.  – Noon

•    ACSET Community Action Tax Center
121 Franklin St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507
Jan. 20 – April 15, 2015
Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Thursdays: 4 – 8 p.m.

•    Aquinas College Library
159 Woodward Lane, Library
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Jan. 27 –  April 8, 2015
Tuesdays: 5 -8 p.m.
Wednesdays: 5 -8 p.m.

•    The Source
1409 Buchanan SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49507
Jan. 26 – April 11, 2015
Mondays: 6 – 9 p.m.
Saturdays: 9 a.m. – Noon

•    Kentwood Public Library
4950 Breton Rd SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49508
Jan. 24 – April 5, 2015
Saturdays: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

•    Wyoming Public Library
3350 Michael Ave. SW
Wyoming, MI 49509
Jan. 31 – April 9, 2015
Thursdays: 2 -6 p.m.
Saturdays: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

•    Hope Network
775 36th St.
Wyoming, MI 49548
Jan. 30 – April 10, 2015
Friday: 9 a.m.-4p.m.

•    Lamont Christian School
5260 Leonard St.
Coopersville, MI 49404
Feb 1 – April 6, 2015
Mondays: 6 – 9 p.m.

•    Hastings Public Library
227 E State St.
Hastings, MI 49058
Saturdays: Feb 1, 21; Mar. 7, 21; Apr. 4, 11; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
269.945.0526

•    Davenport University Holland Campus
643 S Waverly Rd, Rm 207
Holland, MI 49423
Feb. 1 – April 15, 2014
Saturdays: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

•    Plainfield Senior Center
5255 Grand River Dr. NE
Plainfield Township, MI 49525
Feb. 5 – March 26, 2015
Thursday s: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

•    St. Alphonsus Parish
224 Carrier St. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Feb. 1 – April 10, 2014
Thursdays: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; 5-8 p.m.
Saturdays: 9 a.m.-Noon

•    Barry Community Foundation
231 S Broadway
Hastings, MI 49058
Feb. 5, 12; Mar 5, 12, 19; Apr 2,9  4-8 p.m.
269.945.0526

•    Putnam District Library
327 N. Maine
Nashville, MI 49073
Feb. 7, Mar 9  2-6 p.m.
Feb. 26; March 26: 4 -8 p.m.
269.945.0526

•    Delton District Library
330 N. Grove St.
Delton, MI 49046
Feb. 7 & 28: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
March 11: 3-7 p.m.
269.945.0526

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