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Taxes, taxes, taxes

No one wants to talk about them, pay them or even think about the consequences but the Pro Bono Program embraces our role in helping low income taxpayers file their 2019 tax returns. The only way we can provide this service is with the help of an amazing tax team!  Our tax team includes volunteer law students ( and lawyers) who are certified to either prepare the return or conduct the intake interview.

FAQ- do I need to get certified right now? No, the winter break is the perfect time to slog through the material, prepare, and take the online certification test.

FAQ- will I get any help with getting certified? Yes, we have hard and online copies of an amazing resource guide.  There is also an online version of TaxSlayer, the software we will use to prepare and file returns, that you will use to complete the test questions.

FAQ- when will we prepare returns?  We will not start until Feb 15 and will work as a team each Sat. from 9-12 and each Wed from 5-8pm until the end of March.  The Cafe will be our team home!

Tax season is coming

“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” – Benjamin Franklin

We can do something about taxes!  We can prepare and file federal and state tax returns for low income people in our community.  For over 20 years the USC School of Law Pro Bono Program has had a team of VITA ( Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) members who have stepped up and helped.

To become a part of this team, you must be certified by the IRS. The good news is that they provide excellent training material. The printed material has arrived in the Pro Bono Program Office.  Drop by, pick it up, put it away until after exams and in your spare time you can review and take the online exam.  When you return in Jan. you will be ready but the good news continues- we do not start preparing returns until Feb.  A sign up will be available for you to help on either Wed evenings or Sat mornings.

More good news! This is a team effort, we all work together to solve any problems that arise.  Did you know that Professor Clint Wallace is one of our volunteers? If he can do it so can you!

Questions? Contact the Pro Bono Program Room 386 or Robinspd@law.sc.edu

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December news or stuff to ponder for 2018!

As you relax over the Winter Break think about things you could do to add to your resume, make your feel better about your career choice, get a volunteer-high from helping others or a myriad of other reasons!  Here are few ideas but always check the full list at: http://bit.ly/2BPwOqp