LTC to Offer Free Tax Return Preparation for 2nd Year at Manitowoc Location

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

1/15/2014

CLEVELAND, WI – 

Lakeshore Technical College will be providing assistance to lower income taxpayers by preparing and e-filing Federal and State tax returns for free at the Manitowoc County Job Center / LTC Center through the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) project which is run under the oversight of the IRS.  In order to qualify for participation in this program, taxpayers must be a legal U.S. resident, earned all 2013 income in Wisconsin, and have a total household income under $51,000.  

The VITA program is also available at the LTC Cleveland campus as well as the Salvation Army in Sheboygan.  The LTC Cleveland campus will be open on Mondays from 4:30 – 8:00 p.m. from February 3 through April 7, except March 17.  The Manitowoc Job Center site will be open on each Saturday beginning February 1 through April 5, excluding March 15 and 22, from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm.  The Salvation Army is open on Tuesdays from 5-9pm and Saturdays from 9:30am – 2:00pm. 

The local VITA project started in January 2005 with 125 tax returns prepared.  As the program has grown, Lakeland College partnered with Lakeshore Technical College students in 2007 to meet the expanding community need.  During the 2013 tax season, this partnership performed over 2,000 hours of community service by preparing more than 900 returns and generating over $1.5 million in refunds.  There is no charge for preparing or e-filing Federal and State tax returns and volunteers cannot accept any type of compensation for their assistance.

Informational brochures are available at the LTC Student Services desk or at the Manitowoc County Job Center.  Reservations are required for all dates and can be made starting on January 20th from M-Th, 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m., by calling 920.693.1398.

About Lakeshore Technical College

Lakeshore Technical College is a leading provider of technical education offering more than 120 career programs including associate degrees, technical diplomas, technical certificates and apprenticeship programs. In addition, LTC offers distance learning, customized training to business and industry, and continuing education opportunities.

Serving a 200,500-resident population in east central Wisconsin, LTC operates a main campus in Cleveland and additional learning sites at LTC Manitowoc, LTC Sheboygan, LTC-Plymouth Science & Technology Center, and the Lakeshore Culinary Institute. The college also operates Community Education Centers at area high schools in Elkhart Lake, Cedar Grove-Belgium, Howards Grove, Kiel, Mishicot, Oostburg, Plymouth, Random Lake, Reedsville, and Two Rivers; and 27 distance learning sites. LTC's mission is to enrich lives and strengthen the economy by preparing a workforce that is skilled, diverse and flexible. On average, 87% of LTC graduates work in the LTC District which includes Manitowoc and Sheboygan Counties, and parts of Calumet and Ozaukee Counties. Visit LTC at: gotoltc.edu.

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