PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — For the 15th year, Temple University is offering free tax filing assistance to people with low to moderate incomes.
Temple's Fox School of Business sponsors the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Those making less than $57,414 per year can get filing help from students and alumni.
Steve Balsam, professor of accounting and the coordinator of the VITA program, called it a win-win for all involved.
"From an educational perspective, it is a great learning opportunity for students and I do hope that it is a great service for clients too, as we aim to provide excellent service," said Balsam.
"We do both federal and state returns automatically. We also do local returns and any special returns in regards to the state of Pennsylvania or the particular municipality which the client lives in."
Due to pandemic concerns, the program is operating virtually. There are three ways participants can get documents to the volunteer preparers.
They can send them via US mail to the following address:
Temple University VITA Program
Fox School of Business
Department of Accounting
Alter Hall Room 403A
Philadelphia, PA 19122
They can also drop off documents at Temple's Office of Community Affairs at 1509 Cecil B. Moore Avenue in room 214. That location is staffed Mondays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Tuesdays from noon to 5 p.m.
Another location is open on Temple's Ambler Campus Learning Center, in the first floor lobby, at 580 Meetinghouse Road in Ambler. That location is staffed on Saturdays from 1 to 3 p.m.
Documents can also be uploaded through an IRS-approved program.
The program will be operating through April 16, or longer if the IRS extends the filing deadline once again.
For more information, the program can be contacted at (215) 326-9519, or via email at VITA@temple.edu.
"Year after year, we do this program, and it's always one of the annual highlights on my calendar," said Balsam. "It's important that all families are able to receive the money that is owed to them, and that is where this program can make such a big difference."