Rider accounting students to assist New Jersey residents with federal and state taxes free of charge
Kristine Brown

The program is geared for senior adults and those with incomes below $57,000.

Rider University will offer free Federal and New Jersey income tax return preparation to seniors and low income taxpayers through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program during February and March.

Rider students who have been trained in the fundamentals of preparing income tax returns will volunteer their time to assist those who need help. The program is geared for senior adults and those with incomes below $57,000. Assistance will be provided to the general public as long as the return is not too complex.

Donald Shaw, Rider adjunct professor, said, "The VITA program is a beneficial community service provided by students who gain hands-on, practical experience that supplements their classroom knowledge of federal and New Jersey taxation."

The VITA Program will be held on the second floor of the Bart Luedeke Student Center on the Rider Campus, 2083 Lawrenceville Road, on the following dates and times. Pre-registration or appointments are not required, and walk-ins are encouraged. Visitor parking is available outside the Student Center.

Wednesday, Feb. 12, 5:30-9:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 15, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 19, 5:30-9:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 22, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 5:30-9:30 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 1, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Mar. 5, 5:30-9:30 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 8, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Rider University at 609-896-5000.