Law students offer free tax-return assistance Virginia Lyons February 11, 2010 The University of St. Thomas School of Law’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) student organization offers free help with tax preparation for those who meet the income eligibility. All volunteers are trained and certified by the IRS. The volunteers can prepare federal tax returns, state of Minnesota tax returns and Minnesota property tax refund documents. They can determine if you qualify for an earned income credit, child and dependant care credit, hope and lifetime learning credits or any other available credit. Federal and state returns can be filed electronically for fast service.Here are the income guidelines for VITA assistance:Individual – $25,000 or lessFamilies – $42,000 or lessMultiple children – Add $5,000 for each additional dependent claimedTax help is available Monday, Wednesday and Saturday through Wednesday, April 14 (exceptions: closed on March 27, 29, 31, and April 3 and 5), at the Student Organization Suite in the St. Thomas School of Law building on the corner of Harmon and 11th Street in downtown Minneapolis. Arrive at the law school and follow the “VITA” signs.Hours are: 5-8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays9 a.m.-3 p.m. SaturdaysBring tax-related documents:W-2s,Social Security numbers for you and dependentsInterest statementsTuition informationProperty tax info – certificate of rent paidFor more information, call (651) 962-4932.