Law School Offers IRS-Sponsored Tax Clinic

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IRS-certified volunteers will be able to assist those earning less than $50,000 to prepare tax forms through April 13 at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago.

IRS-certified volunteers will be able to assist those earning less than $50,000 to prepare tax forms through April 13 at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago.

For the fourth year in a row, The John Marshall Law School’s Center for Tax Law and Employee Benefits will offer tax-preparation assistance to low- and moderate-income taxpayers through the IRS-sponsored Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

The program operates from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through April 13 at The John Marshall Law School, 315 S. Plymouth Ct., in Chicago.
Under the direction of Adjunct Professor Robert McKenzie, the IRS-certified volunteers—John Marshall students and others—will help prepare tax forms for people with family incomes less than $50,000.

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Ralph Ruebner said the VITA program is beneficial to students as well as to the taxpayers.

“The VITA Clinic is among our most successful clinical programs at John Marshall,” he said. “It provides our students with great practical experience in the area of tax law and an opportunity to serve the community pro bono.”

Taxpayers who are interested in coming to the clinic do not need advance appointments. Couples filing joint returns need to have both spouses in attendance. Taxpayers should bring with them:

  •     Valid ID
  •     Social Security cards or ITIN numbers for all family members
  •     All 2012 W-2 and 1099 forms (if applicable)
  •     Copy of last year's tax return
  •     Information concerning additional income
  •     Information concerning all deductions/credits
  •     Bank routing and account numbers (if using direct deposit)

For additional information, contact the Center for Tax Law and Employee Benefits at 312.427.2737, ext. 380.

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