Our Lady of Holy Cross College accounting students providing free tax preparation are, front row: Kayla Basse, standing: Travis Penn, Erika Vicks-North, Trinette Harris, Lori Bernard, Chantrice Thomas, Ronald Luman, David Shaw
Our Lady of Holy Cross College offers free income tax preparation and electronic filing for tax payers with incomes $52,000 and below on Mondays from Feb. 3 through April 14 (except March 3) at the college, 4123 Woodland Dr. in the Algiers neighborhood. Individuals taking advantage of the e-file program will receive their refunds in half the time compared to returns filed on paper- even faster when tax refunds are deposited directly into one's bank account.
Tax accounting student interns, specially trained and certified by the IRS, prepare basic tax returns for low-to-moderate income taxpayers who do not itemize deductions. They also can help tax payers with special tax credits such as Earned Income Tax Credit, Education Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled. Our Lady of Holy Cross College offers the tax assistance through the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA). Tax assistance is available from 9 am until 5 pm in the college's room 17. Use the Moreau Center entrance, closest to the parking lot. Follow the signs to Room 17 next to the elevator. In order to complete your tax return, please arrive no later than 4 p.m.
Free parking is available. Persons interested in learning more about the free tax assistance program may call 504-398-2230.
"We at Our Lady of Holy Cross College are pleased to offer this public service again this year," says President Ronald J. Ambrosetti, PhD. "Our skilled Accounting student interns have undergone rigorous training to become certified to help taxpayers. They do an excellent job of helping our community through this service.."
Lillian S. Grose, CPA, MBA, Assistant Professor, Accounting, who coordinates the program at the college, explains, "Our talented accounting students eagerly go through the training and certification to volunteer with tax preparation. Qualified tax payers can simply come to the college and have their returns prepared and filed at no cost. We're pleased to participate once again in the VITA program because it's such a beneficial community service."
Those qualifying for assistance should bring the following to the VITA site to have your tax returns prepared:
About Our Lady of Holy Cross College
A fully accredited Catholic liberal arts college on the West Bank of New Orleans, we offer more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs to 1,100 students. With 154 faculty members and a student-faculty ration of 13:1, students enjoy a personalized academic experience on an active campus where they are encouraged to explore spiritual values and pursue service opportunities. Some of the college's most distinctive programs are in Nursing, Biology, Counseling, Education and Theology. The college was founded in 1916 as a mission of the Marianites of Holy Cross, whose distinguished history of educating minds and hearts dates to 1848. Ronald J. Ambrosetti, PhD, became the 17th president in July, 2012.
Our Lady Of Holy Cross College
4123 Woodland Drive
New Orleans, LA 70131-7399