VITA Service Dates – Las Vegas 2013

The Financial Law Society at the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law will be preparing tax returns at the following locations, dates and times for the 2013 tax season. There is no need to make an appointment, tax preparation services are WALK-IN ONLY.

Cambridge Recreation/Community Center

Saturdays 11:00am to 3:30pm
3930 Cambridge St, Las Vegas, NV 89119 
Feb 16, Feb 23, Mar 9, Mar 16, Apr 6, Apr 13 (CANCELLED)

Whitney Community/Senior Center

Tuesdays 2:00pm to 6:00pm
5712 E. Missouri Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89122
Feb 5, Feb 19, Feb 26, Mar 5

Robert E. Price Community Center

Thursdays 3:00pm to 7:00pm
2050 Bonnie Lane, Las Vegas, NV 89156
Mar 7, Mar 14, Apr 4

Desert Breeze Community Center

Saturdays 12:00pm to 4:00pm
8275 Spring Mountain Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89117
Apr 13

Financial Law Society starts pilot VITA Service in Carson City, Nevada

The Financial Law Society at the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law is starting a pilot VITA Service in Carson City, Nevada. IRS trained and certified student volunteers currently externing at the Nevada Legislature will be volunteering at the Carson City Business Resource Innovation Center (BRIC). Taxpayers can have their tax returns prepared free of charge, and BRIC will accept walk-ins although appointments are preferred.

If you wish to make an appointment, please call 775-283-7123

VITA Training & Certification for UNLV Law Students and Alumni

UNLV Law students and alumni can sign up to train and certify to be a VITA volunteer. Successfully trained students become IRS-certified volunteers capable to preparing tax returns for the public in the Las Vegas community at no cost.

Available training dates are -

January 26, 2013 from 9:00am to 4:00pm – Basic and Intermediate Level Training and Certification

January 27, 2013 from 9:00am to 3:00pm – Advanced level + Cancellation of Debt Training and Certification

February 2, 2013 from 9:00am to 4:00pm – Basic and Intermediate Level Training and Certification

February 3, 2013 from 9:00am to 3:00pm – Advanced level + Cancellation of Debt Training and Certification

 If you are a law student or alumni and wish to sign up for training, you can do so at the following link.

http://unlvfls.wufoo.com/forms/volunteer-income-tax-assistance-vita-training/

You can also see the training schedule of events on our Facebook page

In the News: The View Las Vegas writes about our inaugural program

Link to the full article here -

http://www.lvrj.com/view/law-students-offer-free-tax-help-to-those-in-need-139269943.html

Law students offer free tax help to those in need

Students at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas want to help make this time of year a little less “taxing” for you.

Law students are volunteering to offer free tax preparation assistance for people with low to moderate incomes. The IRS-sponsored Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program is being organized by students in the Boyd Financial Law Society.

Free tax help is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through April 14, excluding March 3, 10 and 17, at the Cambridge Recreation Center, 3930 Cambridge St. Students also plan to be at the center from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21 and 28.

Additional sessions are to be available from 2 to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 22 and 29, March 28 and April 4 and 11 at the Whitney Recreation Center, 5712 Missouri Ave.

Volunteers have been trained and certified to prepare and file tax returns with the IRS.

People are asked to bring their returns, a photo ID and Social Security cards for themselves and any dependents they plan on claiming.

Second-year law student Rajan Dhungana was trained last summer by the IRS and helped train the 39 students participating in the program over the winter break.

“We decided to revitalize the club and to have a community service-oriented event that was also practical for the law students,” Dhungana said. “A lot of us are interested in tax law. Even a law student who’s not interested in tax law per se, they can still benefit personally from learning this.”

Dhungana said all the student volunteers are trained at the most advanced level possible under the program. They can prepare tax returns for military personnel and people with international incomes.

There is an unofficial income ceiling of $50,000 for people they will help, he said.

Retired resident Robert Richard attended the Jan. 31 session at the Cambridge Recreation Center after stumbling upon it while he came in to see the center’s amenities.

“Not only is it giving (the students) experience,” said Richard, “but being that I’m on a limited income, I didn’t want to spend the income I am getting for an accountant when I could get it for free. This here was just painless. It was a comfortable experience.”

Dhungana said the Law Society would like to expand to more community centers next year if more students volunteer.

First-year law student Silvia Villanueva said she is undecided about which area of law she will practice. Whether she studies financial law or not, she said she is happy helping the community.

“I know a lot of people can’t afford tax attorneys or H&R Block to get their taxes done,” Villanueva said. “We can help bring more money into the community with tax refunds.”