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Reported by Justin Hanson

College students file tax returns for free


Students at Dyersburg State Community College in Dyersburg and Covington are easing the tax filing pain for lower income citizens by filing their taxes for free!

A program called Volunteer Income Tax Assistance -- or VITA -- has already helped more than one hundred fifty West Tennessee residents file their tax returns free of charge.

"Its nice not to have to pay and not to have to drive to Memphis. They are the only ones in three counties around here doing this. They took the responsibility to do this," Client John Butterworth said.

Students at Dyersburg State volunteer their time at the VITA center as a service to their community.

Dyersburg State student Garrett Frisbee volunteers at the VITA center.

"I'm an accounting major and thought it would be useful for me in my education on top of the fact that I'd be able to help people," he said.

This is the second year students at Dyersburg State are helping taxpayers who have a gross income of less than forty thousand dollars.

"They've dedicated themselves to making sure everything is done properly," Dyersburg State Instructor of Accounting Linda Ballard said.

That includes telling people about the earned income tax credit of which Ballard says most are not aware.

"These credits that are refundable tax monies. That means even if they don't owe a tax they are eligible for this money." Ballard said.

Lessons in money management for both the clients and the college students tackling their taxes.

For more information about the VITA program at Dyersburg State, call the college at 731-286-3200 or 901-475-3100. 

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