Cal Poly program offered to help with tax returns

Starting Jan. 30, Cal Poly’s Orfalea College of Business will again sponsor a program providing tax return preparation assistance at no charge for individuals and families with incomes of less than $50,000 a year.

The program is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. every Saturday from Jan. 30 to March 13 on the Cal Poly campus, according to university officials.

The effort is part of the annual Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program sanctioned and coordinated by the Internal Revenue Service.

All returns are prepared by trained accounting seniors and are reviewed by certified tax preparers. Spanish-speaking preparers will be available. Forms that will be prepared include 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ, 540, 540A, 540EZ and some supporting forms.

No appointments are necessary for the first-come, first-serve program. People should plan to arrive no later than 2 p.m. so students have sufficient time to complete the returns accurately.

Participants are asked to bring their Social Security card or ITIN number, 2008 tax returns and all 2009 tax-related documents (including child care expenses) and child-care provider identification number and phone number.

Participants should go to the second floor of the Business Building (Building 03) after entering Cal Poly via California Boulevard and following the signs to the Orfalea College of Business. The facility is wheelchair accessible. Parking is free.

For more information, call 756-2667 for help in English or Spanish.