DelVal Students Help Prepare Tax Refunds

Feb 14, 2008

For the fourth consecutive year, Delaware Valley College business students will provide free tax-preparation assistance to Bucks County low-income families for the 2008 tax-filing season.

The program is part of the United States Internal Revenue Service's VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program. Beginning Saturday, February 12 and then continuing through April 12, DelVal students will be available on Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings. Business, accounting and other majors have been trained and certified by the IRS to perform the free tax service for "qualified" low-income individuals and families.

The Opportunity Council, which helps low-income working families become economically self-sufficient, will recruit Bucks County residents who are eligible to collect an earned income tax credit (EITC) refund. During the program's first three years, DelVal students helped 419 families and households work through the complexities of tax returns and completed $1,155,565 in refunds, earned income credits and saved service fees, saving the families more than $111,750 in provided services.

For more information or to schedule an appointment or a screening to see if you qualify, call Viktoria O'Donnell of the Bucks County Opportunity Council, Inc., at 215-345-8175, Ext. 240.