Milligan Students Helping at Free Tax Clinics

Just one more month to finish your taxes! Milligan College in Tennessee is partnering with Washington County, TN, to offer free income tax preparation for residents. The free tax clinics are hosted by Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), an IRS-sponsored and recommended program that uses highly trained, volunteer preparers to offer free preparation and filing to qualified people.

The team will consist mostly of Milligan business students under the supervision of Harold Branstrator, assistant professor of business administration at Milligan. The volunteers have completed hours of training and are ready to assist taxpayers with returns, including all forms. Returns are e-filed and directly deposited, usually in fewer than 10 days, and sometimes in less than a week.

“VITA is a win-win for the community and for our student volunteers,” Branstrator said. “For the taxpayers, this free service is a better option than paying a tax preparation franchise. And by providing this service, Milligan students are able to serve the community and gain hands-on experience to supplement what they have already learned in the classroom.”

Grandview Christian Church (Johnson City, TN) has hosted a site for the project on Saturdays since February. The local housing authority and business center buildings have also hosted sessions.

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