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Free Tax Filing Service for Students and Campus Community

Boise State students and employees can file their taxes for free February 27- April 9 in the Micron Business and Economics Building, room 3014, during the following times (not available during spring break March 23-27, or March 30):

Mondays from 6-8 p.m. (March 2, 9, 16, April 6, 13)
Tuesdays from 4:30-5:45 p.m. (March 3, 10, 17, 31, April 7)
Thursdays from 5-8 p.m. (Feb. 27, March 5, 12, 19, April 9)

Walk-in clients are assisted on a first-come, first-served basis; no appointment is necessary.

There are no income limits at the on-campus site. Preparation and filing is free as long as the taxpayer does not have business income (Schedule C or E), capital gains or losses (Schedule D) or income reported on a 1099-MISC. Volunteers cannot assist international students or if an individual’s filing status is married but they are filing separately.

What to bring:

  • Prior year adjusted gross income (AGI) or your prior year tax return
  • All W-2 forms
  • Form 1099s (for any other income received)
  • Form 1098 (education expenses)
  • Form 1095-A (if you received credit from the marketplace)
  • Any other forms you received
  • Bank account information (for direct deposit purposes)

The IRS-certified students will be available to help taxpayers complete their tax returns using the free software available via MyFreeTaxes. Students at this site will not be doing the actual tax return preparation with clients. If clients want the return prepared for them, they will need to visit the Boise Public Library from 12:30-4:30 p.m. (new returns must be started before 3:30 p.m.) on these dates:

February 5, 12, 19, 26
March 4, 11, 18
April 1, 8, 15

Congress first authorized Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program services in 1969. The Department of Accountancy revitalized Boise State’s involvement in this program in 2013 in partnership with the Boise Public Library. Since then, Boise State students have assisted in the preparation of more than 1,600 tax returns despite limited site hours each year. Boise State’s VITA clients receive an average refund of more than $1,000.

The one-credit course is designated as a service learning course for students – 14 students are certified tax preparers and eight are members of business honor society Beta Alpha Psi, volunteering as greeters. Additionally, six community members and five University of Idaho students are volunteering as tax preparers.

“The program allows all of us to provide an important service to our community,” said Kathy Hurley, the Boise State site coordinator and the instructor for Boise State’s VITA preparation class. “The students not only gain real-life experience working with clients and applying tax law, but they learn from their clients’ life experiences. These business students are giving our clients peace of mind that their tax returns have been completed professionally and for free.”

Please contact Hurley at kathyhurley@boisestate.edu for more information about this program. Please note: Hurley cannot answer specific personal tax and W-4 allowance questions on the phone or via email.