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Tax preparation service offered
20 January 2006

BISMARCK (UTN) - Students and staff members of United Tribes Technical College have a place to go for help with their income tax returns, if needed.

      The UTTC Land Grant Extension Community Education office announces the opening of a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site on campus.

Marlo Hunte
Marlo Hunte is UTTC's volunteer income tax preparer.

      Free tax preparation help is offered to individuals whose incomes are $36,000 or less.

      The site is made possible as part of a tax preparation program of the U. S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS). I.R.S. VITA sites typically are staffed by volunteers with training in preparation of basic tax returns.

      The UTTC site will be operated by Marlo Hunte, (Standing Rock) UTTC Extension Community Educator. Hunte received training and certification at Fargo, ND in December to be an official IRS volunteer tax preparer. She has previous experience as a tax preparer and is now taking appointments to schedule tax preparation meetings.

      Tax preparation visits are offered from February 1 through April 15 in Room 113 of the Skill Center.

      "This opportunity is available on many campuses across the country," said Wanda Agnew, UTTC Land Grant Programs director. "We're very proud of Marlo for gaining the certification and offering this much needed service to people here at UTTC."

      Trained community volunteers can help with special credits, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and/or the Credit for Elderly.

      In addition to free tax preparation, many VITA sites also offer free electronic filing (e-filing). E-filers receive their refunds in half the time of those filed on paper - even faster if the refund is deposited directly into a bank account.

      More information or to schedule an appointment: Marlo Hunte, UTTC Land Grant Extension Community Educator, 701-255-3285 x 1401 or mhunte@uttc.edu.


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