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Law, business students partner to help with taxes

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Students from Indiana University's Maurer School of Law and Kelley School of Business are teaming up to offer free tax assistance to low-income, elderly, disabled, and limited English-speaking residents.

Beginning Wednesday, qualified residents will be able to visit a walk-in clinic on Wednesday and Thursday evenings at the law school. The IU students are giving the free advice as part of the Internal Revenue Service's Volunteers in Tax Assistance program.

To be eligible, residents must have an annual income of $49,000 or less. That includes income from the sale of stocks, mutual funds, or homes. Other restrictions apply.

The VITA program is a great way for students to give back to Bloomington and learn more about the federal tax system, law professor Ajay Mehrotra said in a statement. The clinic will run through March 12.

Valparaiso University School of Law students also participate in the VITA program and offer assistance to residents with tax preparation at the law school.

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