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You could qualify for free help filing your taxes from these UNG students
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Gabriella Santangelo, an accounting student at the University of North Georgia, is one of many offering free tax preparation on UNG's Dahlonega campus.

Accounting students from the University of North Georgia are making filing taxes a little easier. 

People who make $56,000 or less can receive free tax preparation services by scheduling an appointment at UNG’s Dahlonega campus. 

Community members can get assistance from 4-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays Feb. 4 through March 5 in room 109 of the Newton Oakes building. 

Free tax preparation services

When: 4-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through March 5

Where: Room 109 of Newton Oakes building at University of North Georgia, 82 College Circle, Dahlonega 

Appointments: Lisa Nash, 706-867-3082

Lisa Nash, accounting instructor at UNG, said the university is in its fourth year of offering the services. She supervises UNG’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program and equips her students with enough skills to prepare basic 1040 tax returns, schedules and related credits. 

“I want my students to have a feel for a little more real world tax prep than what they may get in the classroom,” Nash said. “They get a sense of having to engage with clients and then see how software is used to prepare tax returns.”

Nash said this year has brought the largest influx of appointments. She suspects around 100 people will use their services. Last year, the students helped around 75 people. 

Whitney Coles, who is studying accounting at UNG, said all of the students who provide the services hold VITA certification. She said the test required a lot of studying and took around five hours to complete. 

“Honestly, I’m really just enjoying the helping aspect,” Coles said of the tax prep service. “I feel like I’m doing a good service to the community.”

Nash encourages people in Hall County to take advantage of the free tax preparation. Each appointment takes 30 minutes to an hour. 

“It’s letting someone that’s training in the area look at your tax situation,” Nash said. “Anything that you need, advice or questions answered, we can help with that.”

Appointments can be scheduled by leaving a message for Nash at 706-867-3082. Nash will inform people of what they need to bring to the appointment when they call.

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