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HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (Feb. 18, 2013) – As part of the IRS-sponsored Volunteer Income Assistance Program (VITA), Tidewater Community College will offer free tax preparation assistance in February and March for individuals in low-to-moderate income levels.

TCC accounting faculty members administer the tax-preparation help as a region-wide community service through VITA. TCC students enrolled in Principles of Federal Taxation who have passed a certified exam prepare tax returns under faculty supervision. All TCC-assisted tax returns will be reviewed and filed electronically, free of charge.

“Students gain hands-on experience with income tax preparation,” said accounting professor Cynthia Bird. “With VITA, it is all free. No compensation is accepted or allowed.”

Those seeking tax help must bring a valid picture ID, Social Security card, 2011 tax return and 2012 tax documents. The program serves those whose income levels are mid-$70,000s or lower.

Tax help is available during the following times:

Chesapeake Campus – Under direction of Scott Carlson, CPA

Services offered by appointment only, February through March, (757) 822-5252
Chesapeake Campus, 1428 Cedar Road

Virginia Beach Campus – Under direction of Cynthia Bird, CPA

No appointments are necessary; first come, first serve basis

Tuesdays starting on Feb. 19 (7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.) through March 19; closed March 5 for spring break
Advanced Technology Center (ATC), Room 214

Wednesdays starting on Feb. 6 through March 27 (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.); closed March 6 for spring break
Advanced Technology Center, Room 243

A partial listing of items outside the scope of VITA (and therefore not eligible for free tax assistance) include noncash donations greater than $500, depreciation calculations, income from rental property, royalties, partnerships, estates, trusts, farm income, household employers, kiddie tax and foreign tax credit using Form 1116).


Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services in Hampton Roads - served more than 46,000 students in 2010-11. The 16th highest associate-degree producer in the nation, TCC offers more than 150 programs including business administration, culinary arts, general studies, modeling and simulation, network security, nursing, and automotive technology. Among the fastest-growing two-year institutions in the United States, TCC was 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 Norfolk’s theater district, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth, the Regional Automotive Center in Chesapeake, and the Regional Health Professions Center and the Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach, as well as the Regional Workforce Solutions Center in Suffolk. Forty-five percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit