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IRS-certified volunteers to give free assistance for specific income levels

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – (Feb. 1, 2006) – Recognizing the needs of taxpayers across the region, Tidewater Community College will offer free tax preparation services for specified income levels. Accounting faculty members at TCC’s Chesapeake and Virginia Beach campuses administer the programs as a community service.

The Chesapeake Campus - a first-time provider of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) - will offer tax assistance including Spanish interpretation for those with limited English-speaking skills. As IRS-trained volunteers, TCC students from the Accounting Club and the class, Federal Taxation I, will provide the services with faculty supervision.

Continuing its 25-year association with the VITA program, the Virginia Beach Campus offers electronic filing from its on-campus location. These volunteers also include students in Federal Taxation I, trained and certified by the IRS to handle simple tax returns.

VITA services are designated for families earning less than $38,000 and individuals earning less than $12,000. VITA volunteers are trained to identify important deductions like the earned-income credit, education credit and child credit.

People seeking tax help should bring a valid picture ID, Social Security card, 2005 tax return and tax documents. A closer look at TCC tax help:

Chesapeake - Contact: Carolyn Satz - 822-5161
Services offered Feb. 25 through March 18

Saturdays, noon - 3 p.m., Whitehurst Building, room 2062
Other times available by appointment - call 822-5161
Spanish language interpreters available March 4 and 18

Virginia Beach - Contact: Cynthia Bird - 822-7416
Services offered Feb. 14 through March 28 (closed March 7)

Mondays, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Virginia Beach Advanced Technology Center, room 243
Tuesdays, 7:15 p.m. - 9 p.m., Virginia Beach Advanced Technology Center, room 235
Selected Saturdays - Feb. 25, March 18 and March 25 - 9 a.m. to noon, Virginia Beach Advanced Technology Center, room 243


Laurie White
Media Relations

Tidewater Community College is the second largest of the 23 community colleges in the Commonwealth of Virginia, enrolling more than 36,000 students annually. The 37th largest in the nation’s 1,600 community-college network, TCC ranks among the 50 fastest-growing large community colleges. Founded in 1968 as a part of the Virginia Community College System, the college serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach as well as the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in the theater district in downtown Norfolk, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth and a regional Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-four percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit