Financial Aid Services Center
Federal Tax Return Help is Available
Completing a federal income tax return can be daunting, especially for students trying to figure out whether scholarship and grant money is taxable or tax-free, or whether a tuition and fee expense is a deduction or credit.
For financial aid recipients, errors on your tax return may lead to delays in receiving financial aid assistance. Help is available to accurately complete your federal income tax return. Start with these excellent resources:
- The Form 1098-T is key and is provided to you by Western’s Student Business Office. Click for more information on this important form.
- Western's Beta Alpha Psi in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service provides Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)—a free resource staffed by student volunteers is available to assist with tax filing and tax related questions. VITA is generally available to assist students between February and April on selected dates.
Western's hours, dates, and location for VITA:
- Open Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, 4:30pm - 8:30pm February 5 through April 17
- Closed February 19, and March 15 through April 2
- Location: Parks Hall 336
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- Free tax help through the Bellingham Public Library is co-sponsored by AARP. For a list of times showing when help is available visit Locate Tax Forms and Local Assistance on the Bellingham Public Library website
- IRS Publication 970 - Tax Benefits for Education. Consult this publication on the IRS website to view all the rules and details regarding the tax treatment of educational scholarships and grants.
2018 Federal Income Tax filing deadline: Tuesday, April 17.
The usual deadline of April 15 falls on a Sunday, and April 16 is Emancipation Day celebrated in Washington D.C.; therefore, the filing deadline is extended to April 17.