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Free Tax Filing Assistance for Low-Income Families
Free Tax Filing Assistance for Low-Income Families


Walk-Ins Welcome April 12, 14 & 15

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., April 8, 2014 – IRS certified tax preparers and accounting students from Aquinas College, Davenport University and Cornerstone University will be joined by community volunteers to provide free tax preparation for people with incomes under $57,000 on April 12, 14 and 15.  Every year, millions of dollars in tax refunds and credits go unclaimed by those who need them the most. Taking advantage of free tax preparation services help West Michigan families receive tax refunds and credits that enable them to stay in their homes, feed their families, keep the lights on, and save for tomorrow.

Volunteers are providing assistance in conjunction with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, a cooperative effort of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and nonprofit groups that train volunteers to prepare basic tax returns in communities across the country. As volunteers, accounting students have been certified by the IRS to participate.

“These volunteer experiences give students a chance to ply their tax skills in real-world situations with actual clients while benefiting those who need assistance completing their tax returns,” said Judy Knapp, VITA Program Manager and Honors Accounting Faculty at Davenport University.  “Most of the refunds and credits our clients receive are dollars spent locally, so this service also directly benefits our local economies.”

In 2014, 85 students and alumni participated in this program, logging more than 6,600 volunteer hours and totaling more than $6.1 million in tax refunds and credits.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance - Walk In Days

Saturday, April 12, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday, April 14, 8:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 15, 8:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
ACSET Community Action Tax Center  
121 Franklin St. SE  Ste. 100
Grand Rapids, MI 49507

Tax assistance is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Those wishing to take advantage of the free program should bring the following paperwork with them:


  • Picture ID and social security card for filer and spouse, social security cards for dependents.
  • Birth dates for primary, secondary and dependents on the tax return.
  • Wage and earning statement(s) Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, from all employers.
  • Interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099).
  • A copy of last year's federal and state returns if available.
  • Bank routing numbers and account numbers for direct deposit.
  • Everything saying “important tax document” on it.
  • Rent paid out-of-pocket, landlord’s name(s) and address or 2013 property taxes and the home’s taxable value.
  • Home heating costs reported on the December – March utility bills.

About Davenport University
Founded in 1866, Davenport is a private, non-profit university serving nearly 10,000 students at campuses across Michigan and online. With tuition among the lowest of all private universities in the state, Davenport provides high academic quality, small class sizes, conveniently located campuses, faculty with real-world experience and more than 50 dynamic undergraduate and graduate programs addressing in-demand careers in business, technology and health professions.  More information is available at www.davenport.edu.