Law students help prepare tax returns through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program

On Wednesdays, the Goodwill Industries in Winston-Salem turns into a temporary tax preparation office as more than 50 Wake Forest law and accountancy students are preparing tax returns for free there through April 16.

The students participate as part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, which has sites set up throughout Winston-Salem. VITA depends on trained volunteers to help lower-to-moderate-income, elderly, disabled or non-English-speaking taxpayers file their tax returns. County residents qualify for this free income tax preparation service if a family makes up to $49,000 per year (or individuals up to $24,000).

According to the Forsyth Working Families Partnership there has been a 20 percent increase in the number of people looking for tax preparation assistance so far this year.

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