CCU offers free tax assistance through VITA

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Coastal Carolina University will be offering free tax assistance February 18 through April 3, through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. The University's accounting students will prepare and e-file basic tax returns for taxpayers with earnings of less than $50,000.

Assistance will be available in room 204 of the E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., except during the Spring Break holiday from March 10 to 14.

Please bring a photo ID, Social Security cards for you and your dependents, W-2s, 1099s, tuition statements (form 1098-T), a copy of last year's tax return and any other information regarding your income taxes. To obtain a direct deposit of any refund, bring a voided check. On a married-filing-joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the consent form. If you are a student, you must know whether you are a dependent on your parents' tax return.

To itemize deductions, bring an organized and summarized list of medical expenses (including health insurance) and charitable contributions. For 2013, itemized deductions would need to exceed $6,000 if single or $12,000 if married filing jointly; otherwise, the standard deduction will result in less tax.

Tax returns will be prepared on a first-come, first-served basis. No tax returns can be started within one hour of closing time.

For more information, contact Carol Cissel at or 843-349-2864.

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