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Milligan offering free tax preparation

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. (Jan. 19, 2018) — Milligan College’s VITA tax preparation program marks its tenth year offering free, IRS-certified return preparation for the 2018 tax prep season. The program will take place from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on three Saturdays during the 2018 filing season: February 17, March 17 and April 7.

The program will be sponsored again by Bank of Tennessee and Carter County Bank. Appointments are required. Online registration, testimonials and more information is available now at www.milligan.edu/vita or call 423.461.8700 to book an appointment.

Milligan President Dr. Bill Greer said the VITA program has become a highly effective example of the college’s strong emphasis on servant leadership.

“VITA is a practical, hands-on way for our students to make a positive difference in the lives of those served by the program,” said Greer. “We’re delighted to have Bank of Tennessee and Carter County Bank as a partner in our efforts to provide this important service to our community.”

Backed by Milligan’s business faculty, the IRS VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program offers a free alternative that provides the same fast refunds as paid preparers offer. Over the years, Milligan’s program has completed hundreds of returns saving taxpayers thousands of dollars, with each client averaging over $1,000 in refunds.

Taxpayers eligible for VITA services include: people with annual incomes of less than $64,000; anyone with a physical disability; non-English-speaking citizens; and people older than 55. In addition to electronic filing for quick deposit of returns, VITA preparers can inform taxpayers about special tax credits for which they may qualify such as earned income tax credit, child tax credit and credit for the elderly or the disabled.

Every taxpayer participating in VITA must file an Intake/Interview Questionnaire. Only one completed form is needed if filing status is Married Filing Jointly. The form can be completed prior to an appointment and is available for download at www.milligan.edu/vita.

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MILLIGAN COLLEGE is a Christian liberal arts college in Northeast Tennessee whose vision is to change lives and shape culture through a commitment to servant leadership. The college offers more than 100 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in a variety of fields, along with graduate and adult degree completion programs.  To learn more about Milligan College, visit www.milligan.edu or call 800-262-8337.

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