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Joseph F. Rice School of Law

Pro Bono Program to offer tax assistance

For the 29th year volunteer law students at the University of South Carolina School of Law will provide tax assistance to the low income and elderly community.  Tax return preparation will be conducted at the law school on Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., starting on February 12 and ending on March 26

No appointments are necessary. Clients will only be served on a first-come, first-served basis.

The volunteers will prepare and e-file simple South Carolina and federal returns. No business, self-employment, foreign student returns, or complicated forms can be completed at this site. 

This service is available for free only to people with an income of $58,000 or less.

Due to COVID-19, the process will be different this year. A limited number of people will be allowed in the building at a time. The only in-person portion of the process will be the intake/interview, which will include copying client documents. The actual state and federal return will be prepared, reviewed and e-filed virtually by a certified preparer and a copy of the completed return mailed to the client.

Individuals seeking to have their taxes prepared must present:

  • a valid photo ID
  • a Social Security card for the filer and any dependents
  • all related tax documents

The entrance to South Carolina Law is at 1525 Senate Street.

For those requiring assistance with the preparation of a previous year's return or for information about other Volunteer Income Tax Assistance sites and times, contact  Cooperative Ministries at (803) 799-3853.

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