Tax program helps low-income Marylanders get economic stimulus

March 10, 2008

When the regular tax-filing season ends on April 15, students in McDaniel’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program won’t pack up their calculators and go home. Instead they’ll turn their attention to helping low-income Marylanders get their economic stimulus payments.

In order to benefit from the payments, individuals who might not otherwise be required to file a 2007 tax return, will need to file a return this year to receive the payment. The return must show at least $3,000 in qualifying income.

In most cases, the benefit ranges from $300-$600 for individuals and $600-$1200 for joint filers. Taxpayers may receive $300 for each qualifying child.

The VITA program, part of the Internal Revenue Service, will prepare returns geared toward the economic stimulus on April 19, 22, 24 and 26. Students are also currently preparing free returns for any low-to moderate-income taxpayers. The dates are: March 6, 11, 13, 25, 27, and 29, and April 1, 3 and 5. Times are 7-9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 12-3 p.m. on Saturdays.

Appointments are required and can be made by calling (410) 871-3344, or by e-mailing Tax help is given in the Windows lab in the basement of Lewis Hall.