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Students give and get tax help for under-$36K income filers

NORFOLK, Va. – (Feb. 4, 2005) – For some Tidewater Community College business students, this semester will include “taxing” class work, with that infamous April 15 deadline in mind.

TCC’s participation in the Internal Revenue Service’s Volunteer Tax Assistance Program (VITA) - up and running at the college for 24 tax seasons - trains students to become IRS-certified volunteers, ready and able to provide tax-preparation services to the community.

VITA services are available for students and others earning $36,000 or less. “We do simple returns and can e-file right from campus,” says volunteer Debbie Hall, VITA coordinator for 2005. “We see TCC employees, students and people from the community and help them get the most from their tax returns,” Hall says. “We make sure they document items and take important deductions like the education credit, earned-income credit and the child credit.”

This year, students from Principles of Federal Taxation I are training to become IRS-certified volunteers under the supervision of professor Cynthia Bird. “We developed a hybrid course this year that incorporates VITA right into the classroom, training all registered students to become volunteers. Now we can offer one-on-one service, most Monday evenings, from now until the end of March.”

Bird notes that the latest tax acts have made changes to more than 500 code sections. “It’s tough for people to keep up with it all,” she adds. “We’re happy to provide this service for TCC students and our Hampton Roads neighbors.”

Beginning Feb. 14, services are offered Monday evenings from 7:15 to 9 p.m. in the Advanced Technology Center at the Virginia Beach Campus, room H272. Those seeking tax help should bring a valid picture ID, Social Security Card, 2003 tax return and 2004 tax documents.

Services are also available on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in room H243 and by appointment. For information, call 822-7332.


Laurie White
Media Relations

Tidewater Community College is the second largest of the 23 community colleges in the Commonwealth of Virginia, enrolling more than 35,000 students annually. The 37th largest in the nation’s 1,600 community-college network, TCC ranks among the 50 fastest-growing large community colleges. Founded in 1968 as a part of the Virginia Community College System, the college serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach as well as the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in the theater district in downtown Norfolk, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth and a regional Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-four percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit