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Milligan program offers free tax return preparation

Milligan offering free tax preparation

MILLIGAN UNIVERSITY, Tenn. (Jan. 10, 2022) — Milligan University’s VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program once again will provide free, IRS-certified tax return preparation to local citizens, as it has for over a decade. The program is sponsored by Bank of Tennessee and Carter County Bank.

The program will take place in Milligan’s Hardin Hall from 8:00 a.m. until 4 p.m. on three Saturdays during the 2022 filing season: Feb. 26, March 19 and April 2. Appointments are required and can be scheduled at

The site will follow COVID-19 safety precautions, including masks and social distancing. Initial meetings will take place outside in a covered breezeway, and then tax returns will be prepared while taxpayers wait in their car. Any questions will be covered by phone.

Milligan’s VITA program offers a free alternative that provides the same fast refunds as paid preparers offer. Over the years, student volunteers have completed hundreds of returns and saved local taxpayers thousands of dollars, with each client averaging over $1,000 in refunds.

Under the supervision of faculty in the William B. Greene, Jr. School of Business & Technology, Milligan students train extensively and are certified by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to prepare returns for taxpayers in Johnson City, Elizabethton and the surrounding areas.

“The Milligan VITA program fully reflects the University’s mission of servant leadership,” said Dr. David Campbell, area chair of business and professor of economics. “Our students are trained in tax preparation that they then use to serve the community by preparing and filing tax returns for free. This experience is valued by both clients and students alike.”

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 volunteers 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.

Appointments are required. Online registration and more information are available now at or call 423.461.8700 to book an appointment.


MILLIGAN UNIVERSITY is a Christian liberal arts institution in Johnson City, Tennessee, whose vision is to change lives and shape culture through a commitment to servant-leadership. The university 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 , visit or call 423.461.8700.

Posted by Chase McGlamery on January 10, 2022.