2018-04-11 / Other News

Tax help available through UGA Cooperative Extension

University of Georgia Cooperative Extension is available to help residents in more than a dozen counties navigate tax season.

UGA Extension Family and Consumer Sciences agents help prepare residents to work with volunteer tax preparers who are students in the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences financial planning program and the UGA Terry College of Business’s accounting department.

The UGA students have been trained by the IRS to prepare taxes through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. The free program serves individuals who earn less than $65,000 per year and is offered to Georgians in Colquitt, Crisp, Clarke, Dougherty, Early, Elbert, Forsyth, Lanier, Lincoln, Monroe, Morgan, Oconee, Sumter, Tattnall, Tift, Washington and Wilkes counties.

Clients are connected with UGA students through Skype, a video chat service. Prior to the Skype appointment, clients are interviewed and complete an intake form when they bring their tax documents to the Extension office.

UGA Extension wanted to be a part of this service because it meets communities’ needs. This service also functions as a marketing tool for UGA Extension.

Ninety-five percent of the people who use the service have no idea what the Extension office is.

This service will be available until April 13. Clients in participating counties must call their local UGA Extension office at 723-3072 to make an appointment.

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