Davenport University Students Offer Free Tax Assistance to Low-Income Individuals and Families in West Michigan

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GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, Davenport University announced the opening of 10 Tax Assistance Centers in Kent and Ottawa counties, with students and faculty providing low-income families and individuals with a assistance with their 2021 tax returns. All volunteers are IRS certified.

Davenport University, the West Michigan VITA Collegiate Partnership, and the IRS-sponsored VITA – Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, partner with community groups to help families, seniors, and people with disabilities file their taxes in online, bringing millions of dollars in tax refunds and credits to those who need them most. The program is open to individuals and families earning $60,000 or less.

“This program is a win-win,” said Dr. Richard J. Pappas, president of the University of Davenport. “This is an opportunity for our students to provide valuable community service and help our neighbors in West Michigan get their much-needed tax refunds and credits, while learning valuable skills that match to their career goals.

This year, some people will have to file a tax return even if they haven’t had to in the past. Low-income people still need to apply to claim a “recovery rebate credit” to receive the 2021 stimulus payment tax credit or reconcile advance payments to the child tax credit.

People with incomes over $60,000 but less than $73,000 can file their federal and state taxes for free by visiting My Free Taxes.

Appointments are required and can be obtained by visiting taxhelp.davenport.edu or by calling 2-1-1 in Kent or Ottawa County. Only the taxpayer and his spouse will be allowed to attend the meeting. Residents are encouraged to book appointments early as sites have reduced capacity due to COVID. Masks are mandatory and social distancing will be enforced.

“We’re helping families in West Michigan receive tax refunds and credits that allow them to stay home, feed their families, keep the lights on, and save for the future,” said said Dr. Richard J. Pappas, president of the University of Davenport. “With many individuals and families receiving stimulus payments in 2021 or an advance child tax credit, it’s important to understand these changes and take them into account to avoid delays in your tax return.”

Participants are encouraged to book early and stick to their appointment. If a cancellation is necessary, it should be done early to allow as many people as possible to enjoy the services.

If you or someone you know could benefit from this program, visit taxhelp.davenport.edu for more information. Appointments can be made now. Those interested can use the website map to find the location closest to them.

Current tax assistance sites include:

  • Community action house – Holland

  • University of Davenport, Netherlands

  • Four Points Center, Grand Haven

  • Davenport University Maine College of Business, WA Lettinga Campus, Grand Rapids

  • Kent County Community Action Center, Grand Rapids

  • St. Alphonsus Parish, Grand Rapids

  • Trinity Reformed Church, Grand Rapids

  • The Source, Grand Rapids

  • Love Inc. Allendale

  • Wyoming Public Library, Wyoming

About Davenport University:

Founded in 1866, Davenport is a private, nonprofit university serving students on Michigan campuses and online. With some of the lowest tuition of any private university in the state, Davenport offers high academic quality, small class sizes, conveniently located campuses, faculty with real-world experience, and over 60 programs. dynamic undergraduate and graduate courses addressing in-demand careers in business. , technology, health professions and urban education. To learn more, visit www.davenport.edu.

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