By Adrian Carlos |Staff Writer|
Many students wait on them and some students are dreading them in fear of owing money, taxes are an annual Russian roulette.
Our school offers a great solution for students looking for alternatives to paying their taxes because of financial restraints or for students who are a bit timid and unsure of filing their taxes by themselves.
Janet Courts is in charge of the VITA group here on campus,
thanks to her expertise in the Accounting and Finance department.
VITA, which stands for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, is a program that was founded in 1982 and is sponsored by the IRS.
accounting students provide free income tax preparation for low income taxpayers on campus and in the community.
VITA operates not only at CSUSB, but at other locations as well such as the Family Resource Center in San Bernardino, Boys and Girls Club of Redlands, Northtown Community Center in Rancho Cucamonga and Boys and Girls Club in Fontana.
Further services provided by VITA include free electronic filing, tax services for low income families and even preparation for elderly taxpayers.
I asked a few students about their taxes and how they prepare them
to find out exactly how students handle their money and allocate it.
Student Sandra Riehart, who works at H&R Block as a Client Service Professional, said, “I think it is important and always best to have a professional do your taxes so you can ensure there are no mistakes. I wouldn’t want the IRS coming after me!”
Student Daniel Esparza said, “I think that if students expect or know they are going to get money back they will file early, if for some reason they feel that they will end up owing money, they usually put it off until later.”
I was expecting money and felt that because I am a student it would be a smart idea to save the money for future endeavors.
“I did my taxes by myself using Turbo Tax. It’s really not that hard and would advise anyone who hasn’t tried to do so and to not be fearful,” said student Nathan Runyan.
Student Jackie Marcel said, “Most people I know, including myself, I think will spend their tax refund on buying things they want or flat out treat themselves.”
As far as the time and deadlines for taxes, although taxes are able to be done by April 15, VITA has been helping prepare students taxes since February 2.
It seems although some might end up owing money, most of the students on campus are ready and will be expecting tax returns.
So just in case you haven’t filed,
talk to someone in the Accounting and Finance department so you can get on your feet.