The University of South Carolina School of Law is celebrating its 31st year serving as a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance site throughout tax season this spring.
An initiative with the IRS that provides free tax return preparation for low to moderate-income taxpayers, assists individuals on a first-come, first-served basis and will run each Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to noon, Feb. 11 through April 1. Please note that the site will NOT operate on Saturday, March 11, when the law school will be on spring break.
Individuals seeking assistance with their tax preparation must present a valid photo ID, a Social Security card for the filer and any dependents, and all tax-related documents. They must also have an income of no more than $60,000. No business, self-employment, foreign student returns, or complicated forms can be completed at this site.
In addition to the community benefit, law students volunteering with VITA have an opportunity to enhance their own legal skills by conducting interviews, developing communication skills, and working on a real-world application of tax law on behalf of clients.
Since its inception, South Carolina Law’s VITA site was managed by Pro Bono Director Pam Robinson. Following Robinson’s retirement in January 2023, tax law professor Clint Wallace and law students Lillian Lawrence (3L) and Mark Buyck (2L) are coordinating this year’s VITA program so the law school may continue to serve the community.