Blackburn College to provide certified assistance for e-filing tax payers

Blackburn College to provide certified assistance for e-filing

If you are a low-to-moderate income taxpayer with a simple tax return and need just a little help or you do not have access to a computer, the Blackburn College Business department is offering IRS-tax law certified volunteers to guide you through the process and provide access to a computer until April 12.

Business students at Blackburn College will offer filing assistance for individuals who are choosing to electronically file their taxes. Through the IRS’s Facilitated Self Assistance (FSA) program, the volunteer acts as tax coach or facilitator, answering the taxpayer’s in-scope questions during the process of completing and filing the return.

To be eligible for this free filing assistance, taxpayers need a current email address; basic computer skills; valid Social Security numbers or ITIN numbers for adults and dependents; all W-2, 1098, and 1099 forms; all 1095 health insurance statements or health insurance exemption certificate; child expense and provider’s tax ID; prior year adjusted gross income; and bank account and routing information if choosing to direct deposit a refund. In addition, the taxpayer/household must have an annual income of no more than $66,000 to be eligible for FSA program assistance.

Appointments are available on Mondays from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. and 4-5 p.m.; Tuesdays from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.; Wednesdays from 11a.m.-12 p.m.; Thursdays from 2-4 p.m.; and Fridays from 11a.m.-12 p.m., 1-2 p.m., and 6-8 p.m. from February 25-April 12. The location is Room 116 in Lumpkin Library on the Blackburn College campus. For an appointment and directions to the library, please call 217-854-5665 or send an email to