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Bethune-Cookman Students Offer Free Tax Preparation Assistance to Community

For the next two months, a group of 20 Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) students will offer free income tax preparation services to low and moderate income members of the local community, under the auspices of the Internal Revenue Service’ (IRS) Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.  Tax preparation assistance will be provided to both students and non-students on Saturdays from now until April 10, with the exception of March 6 when B-CU is closed for spring break.

The students participating in the program are accounting majors in the B-CU School of Business who have been certified by the IRS in both basic and intermediate tax preparation.   Each of the students underwent approximately 20 hours of training and testing to achieve this certification.  This is the first year that there will be a VITA site on the B-CU campus.

Program Details:

What:                  Free income tax preparation services for low-to –moderate income taxpayers.  All students qualify.

When:                 Every Saturday through April 10 (except March 6)
                               10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Where:               Bethune-Cookman University School of Business
Wendell P. Holmes Building, Room 228
Directions from International Speedway Boulevard:  Turn north on Lincoln Street.  Turn right into first driveway past the Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center.

Requirements: Individuals must bring the following items with them to receive tax preparation assistance:

  • Social Security card(s)
  • Birth dates for self, spouse and all dependents
  • Current year tax package if received
  • Wage and earnings statement(s) - Form W-2, W-2G, 1009-R - from all employers
  • Interest and dividend statements (Forms 1099)
  • Copy of last year’s tax return, if available
  • Bank account number for direct deposit
  • Total paid for child care provider
  • Any other tax form received
  • Any deductible expenses

For more information:  Call 386-253-0564 or go to (Campaign for Working Families, a VITA program partner)

Office of Public Relations

Liz Poston

PH: 386-481-2990

About Bethune Cookman University:

Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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