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Company offers free tax services for students

Company offers free tax services for students

February 04
22:04 2013

Andrew Freeman / Staff Writer

In order to build future relationships and help UNT students file their taxes before the April 15 deadline, H&R Block will be on campus through Feb. 15 to help students with the entire process.

Last year, the business was on UNT’s campus with the “Tax-mobile.” The company will be without the bus this year, but will file 1040EZs for free, while also looking at student’s past filings for up to three years, to make sure they received their most efficient refund.

“We worked with them last year, and it was really successful,” Rachel Grimes, Program Coordinator with the Money Management Center, said.

Pamela Bryant, marketing coordinator for H&R Block, said providing the free services is a way to build a relationship with a future customer.

“The premise is to build a relationship with students to gain clients who will come to us in the future when they are getting married or buying a house, or having children, that kind of thing,” Bryant said. “And it comes with the H&R Block guarantee, so if the IRS has questions about your returns, we will be there to back you up.”

Criminal justice freshman Salomon Escobar said he’d like to learn how to files taxes, but he’ll take advantage of the free opportunity that H&R Block is providing.

“One day it will be nice to learn how to file my own taxes, but now, especially because my time is involved, this is way easier,” Escobar said.

More immediately, H&R Block will be hosting “Preparing for the Tax Man,” a workshop tomorrow afternoon at 5 p.m. in Wooten Hall 115 designed to walk students through the tax refund process.

“The workshop is to help people start figuring out how to do their own taxes, to walk them through the process,” Grimes said. “The main thing is for students to start understanding taxes and develop the confidence to do it on their own.”

H&R Block will also be on campus to help kick off the Money Management Center’s “Money Week,” starting Feb. 18. A tax office will be set up in Chestnut Hall all week long, along with having a mobile tax van stationed on campus, with a spinning wheel, prizes and an opportunity to win a free refund filing.

“We will have the office so you will have experts on your side, instead of going in alone,” Bryant said. “All our tax professionals have extensive training and are required a certain amount of hours each year, which they usually far exceed.”

Students who are unable to work with H&R Block can use the Voluntary Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA), an online program sponsored by the United Way. It will be available through their website until April 15.

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