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Free Income Tax Preparation Assistance at GSC

Free assistance is being offered again through a partnership between the Internal Revenue Service and the Glenville State College accounting program to help students, faculty, staff, and local residents file their basic federal and West Virginia income tax returns. Two options are available to qualifying taxpayers – ‘MyFreeTaxes’ and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Free File.

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GSC student Robert ‘Simeon’ Kees and VITA Site Coordinator and
GSC Associate Professor of Business and Accounting Cheryl McKinney, CPA, MPA, CGMA


GSC student Robert ‘Simeon’ Kees, who is IRS-certified and enrolled in GSC’s Accounting 399 course, is available to assist qualifying taxpayers who need help preparing their basic federal and West Virginia income tax returns. Kees, who also served as a VITA Free File site assistant last tax season, is under the supervision of Site Coordinator and GSC Associate Professor of Business and Accounting Cheryl McKinney, CPA, MPA, CGMA. McKinney also serves as the chair for the Department of Business and is currently the President of the WV Society of Certified Public Accountants. Kees is an accounting major from Oak Hill, West Virginia.

Available again this year is ‘MyFreeTaxes,’ which is an easy, fast, and secure federal and state tax filing site provided through the United Way and powered by H&R Block software. The online tool allows eligible taxpayers with household adjusted gross incomes up to $66,000 annually to self-prepare and electronically file both federal and state returns free of charge by visiting www.myfreetaxes.com and following the easy steps.

Taxpayers who prefer to have a trained volunteer assist in the tax filing process or have questions about using MyFreeTaxes can go to Room 309B of the Administration Building (the Ernie Smith Computer Lab). The site will be open now through April 12 on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 3:00-5:00 p.m. with no appointment necessary. Note that no one will be available March 6 or 8 because of GSC’s Spring Break.

Those who wish to receive this free tax assistance should bring: a copy of their 2016 tax return, Wage and Earnings Statements (Form W-2) from all employers, Interest and Dividend Statements (Form 1099), any additional relevant information or forms relating to income and expenses, as well as bank routing and account numbers for direct deposit/direct payment, if desired.

Students who received financial aid and/or paid tuition and fees should also bring a copy of their Tuition Statement (Form 1098-T) provided by the school that lists tuition and fees paid and scholarships and grants received.

Glenville State College’s accounting program has assisted the campus and community with income tax preparation for over 21 years.

For more information, contact McKinney at or 304.462.6263.

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