Local Law Students Offer Free Tax Help

Students assist low-income with tax forms

There's nothing more frustrating and time consuming than sorting out a pile of tax forms coupled with a looming deadline of April 15 to file them with Uncle Sam.   But local law students are helping San Diego tax filers by offering a free tax clinic at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in Old Town. From 1099's to W-4's to 1044's students who are IRS trained and certified volunteers are clearing it up for confused tax payers. Although it's open to everyone senior citizens, low income families, students and others on limited budgets who cannot afford professional tax services or who can't fill out their own forms are encouraged to use this free service. .

 "Both federal and California state tax returns are actually prepared by law students who have received several hours of training. The students gain valuable experience, while clients of the clinic get their returns filed quickly, accurately and for no charge" says Richard Winchester, J.D. faculty advisor.   "The trained volunteer tax assistors explain the various credits and deductions involved in tax returns and how to properly claim income", according to Rebecca Ritchey, president of the law school'sTax Law Society.

The free tax clinic will be open  Monday, Fridays, Saturdays until April 15, by appointment only. There is also a list of documents that clients must bring which can be found on the school's website: Thomas Jefferson School of Law.

The clinic cannot help those with business or rental tax situations. For more information including how to make an appointment click on : Tax Clinic or call 619-297-9700, ext. 1485.

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