Law students provide free tax help

For the 25th year, volunteer students from the University of South Carolina School of Law, will provide free tax help to low income and elderly individuals.

From Feb. 18 to Mar. 29, the lobby of the School of Law will become a first-come, first-served Volunteer Income Tax Assistance center (VITA). Tax help will be offered on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 8 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers will prepare and file simple state and federal tax returns, however, business or self-employed returns are not eligible.

The program provides law students with the opportunity to work with clients and develop skills they will use in their careers, while providing an essential service to the community.

To get assistance filing your taxes, you don’t need an appointment. However, only a limited number of returns will be filed at each session, so arrive early. Be sure to bring a valid photo ID and a social security card for the filer and any dependents.

For information on other VITA locations and dates contact the United Way at 2-1-1.