LEXINGTON, Ky. — Tax season can be a time of dread for many people but faculty, students, and staff on the University of Kentucky campus are eligible to take advantage of free tax return services offered by the UK College of Law Tax Clinic.
Students who earned $50,000 or less in 2012 can go to the UK College of Law Tax Clinic to receive on-site tax preparation services through the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. This service is available by appointment only.
Students who earned under $57,000 in 2012 are able to self-file their federal and state tax returns online by visiting www.StudentsFileFree.org. This website allows students to use popular software like TurboTax, H&R Block TaxCut, etc. to e-file returns for free. This service is available 24-7 for students, faculty, and staff.
StudentsFileFree.org is the online outreach component of the free tax service. Due to the limited number of appointments available at the UK Tax Clinic, this service allows for students, faculty, and staff who earned less than $57,000 in 2012, to file their taxes online for free from the comfort of their own home. International students can also be served through this service, which is powered by Glacier Tax Prep (purchased by the University of Kentucky International Center).
Several other universities across Kentucky rely on StudentsFileFree.org to serve their students, including the University of Louisville and Northern Kentucky University. Over 2,000 students have filed for free using this online component of the service this year.
The UK College of Law Tax Clinic has been operating for over 17 years. All law students who successfully complete training and certification through the IRS VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Program are eligible to participate. Accounting students from the Gatton College of Business and Economics also volunteer at the tax clinic. Douglas Michael, associate dean of academic affairs in the College of Law, has been the cornerstone of the UK Tax Clinic. Law faculty member Jennifer Bird-Pollan also provides support for the program.
“The UK Tax Clinic is a wonderful chance for students to develop their professional skills and have a positive impact on another’s life," said Andy Bates, second year law student and site manager for the College of Law Tax Clinic. "Engaging in direct client service and practicing both legal and interpersonal skills in a practical setting is an invaluable opportunity.”
Bates also serves as site manager for the Salmon P. Chase College of Law VITA Program and works closely with the University of Louisville International Center to help their students with tax filing solutions.
To schedule an appointment, and learn more about what to bring to the site, visit www.law.uky.edu/tax. International students, faculty, and staff are also eligible for the on-site assistance.
The Tax Clinic is located in Room 47 in the basement of the College of Law on South Limestone.