Maricopa Community College is currently sponsoring a new feature that helps you with your taxes, and it’s known as the volunteer income tax assistance program, also known as (VITA). The service itself is community free and is free to the community at large. This event will be held from ten a.m. to 1p.m. at the B building, in room 106, in which they will help you with your taxes. Services are available on a first-come basis. Anyone not required for tax preparation service (children/additional people) is not permitted at these sites.

The event is being sponsored by A New Leaf, a program made possible by a partnership between the GCC Accounting Program and the organization A New Leaf. The goal of this unique partnership is that A New Leaf and the GCC Accounting Program is to assist and help both teachers and staff but also those who aren’t going to college with tax assurance. But be warned, this unique program won’t be around forever. It will only stay till April 9th. If you can’t go to the B building, in room 106 at Glendale Community College, as previously stated, there are other locations just not at GCC.

To use this amazing program, there are three different ways. The first is known as the traditional Return Preparation Method. In this method, you must bring all your required documents to a VITA site location, fill out the required paperwork and sign consent forms, and have your taxes prepared the same day while you wait on-site. The second way is the Drop-Off Service. In this way, you must bring all your required documents to a VITA site location, fill out the required paperwork and sign the consent forms, drop off your documents after a brief interview with a volunteer, and return the following week to sign and pick up the following taxes. The third and final method is known as the Do-it-yourself method. In this method, you must go to a specific URL available only at/ from VITA sites or email vitaanl20 @ Gmail, and set up an online account and E-File your federal and state returns yourself for free.

I asked a friend who used this amazing feature and knew all three ways, he used the first method as previously stated which is known as the traditional method he said, and I quote “this service is amazing”. “I was able to get my taxes done in time and the people are nice and understanding”.