SPRINGFIELD, Mo — More than 155 million individuals are now on the clock to file their 2017 tax returns before the April 17 deadline. The Internal Revenue Service began accepting returns today.
Certain tax credits like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) will not be available until mid-February, but people could see their returns much sooner.
There are many local organizations offering free help this year, including Drury University. They will host 8 days of tax assistance throughout the month of February.
“Most of our returns take around 30 minutes to complete, from start to finish,” explained Dr Tiffany Cossey. She’s an associate professor at Drury.
“That’s from the time the greeter shakes your hand to the time they print off the return and send you out the door. It is really not that big of a deal. Our students are really well trained”
According to their website, individuals should be proof of identity, last years tax return, and any statements pertaining to taxable income, social security, or tuition.
Dr Cossey said to err on the side of caution. “If you think it’s relevant, bring it.”
Drury Universities Breech School of Business students are volunteers, and are certified by the IRS offering the free services.
They help most members of the community making $54,000 or less.
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