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"The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax." - Dr. Albert Einstein

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, sponsored by Service Learning, has joined the nation in the charge against poverty. In conjunction with the Lincoln Family Economic Security Partnership Coalition, UNL will be preparing low-income, working families' and students' taxes for free!

Three Ways to Benefit

  1. Community members can benefit by having their taxes prepared for free
  2. Students can benefit by having their taxes prepared for free
  3. Volunteers can benefit from helping others and learning about taxes

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Students

Why tax services for students?

Rarely do people like doing their own taxes, and students have a lot on their plate already. Furthermore, college is often the first time that students need to file their own return, a task which can be daunting. As part of the EIC Campaign, free tax services are provided for students with the help of fellow students!

How does it work?

You have to file if you made more than $3,900 last year, so let us prepare your statements for you! If you made less than $3,900, you don't have to file, but you might as well file and get a few dollars back from the government Certain types of scholarship and fellowship income must be declared, and certain educational expenses may qualify you for a tax credit or deduction. See our Guide to Scholarship Income, Educational Credits, and Tuition and Fees Deductions for more information.

Who is claiming you?

If you are a full time student under the age of 24 and did not provide more than half of your total support for the year, your parent or legal guardian can claim you as a dependent, regardless of student income. Often, it is more advantageous for your parents to claim you so that they can get extra money returned to them via educational credits. If you aren't sure which would be best, come in and see us, and we'll help figure it out.

When can I get my taxes done?
January
18 Involvement UNL Tax Credit Campaign VITA Site Opens in the Nebraska East Union, 3rd Floor, Student
February
 1 UNL Tax Credit Campaign, "Super Saturday"                10 am-4pm, Nebraska East Union
 8 UNL Tax Credit Campaign, "Super Saturday"                10 am-4pm, Nebraska East Union
15 UNL Tax Credit Campaign, "Super Saturday"                10 am-4pm, Nebraska East Union
22 UNL Tax Credit Campaign, "Super Saturday"                10 am-4pm, Nebraska East Union
March
 1 UNL Tax Credit Campaign, VITA Site Opens in the Nebraska Union, Colonial Room
April
 7 UNL Tax Credit Campaign                                            11am-3pm,
Center for Civic Engagement
 8 UNL Tax Credit Campaign                                            11am-3pm, Center for Civic Engagement
 9 UNL Tax Credit Campaign                                            11am-3pm, Center for Civic Engagement
18 UNL Tax Credit Campaign Celebration                              4pm Centenial Room

January 18 - February 23

Nebraska East Union, 3rd Floor Student Involvement

Monday - Wednesday, 5-8 pm
Saturday & Sunday, 1-5 pm
Saturdays in February, 10am-4pm

March 1 - March 12

Nebraska Union, Colonial Room

Monday - Wednesday, 5-8 pm
Saturday & Sunday, 1-5 pm

What should I bring?

  • Social Security Card or photo identification
  • Social Security numbers and birth dates for all dependents
  • Forms W-2 and all other income forms and tax documents for 2013
  • Bank routing and account number for deposit/debit of any tax balance
  • Tax identification numbers for any and all daycare providers
  • Spouse, if filing jointly (both must sign the return)