According to a press release by the department of finance and accounting, students at Fort Hays State University once again are offering free income-tax preparation to low- to moderate-income ($52,000 and below) taxpayers through March with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.

Nikolous Rempe, a graduate student in accounting, helped with the program two years ago as a requirement while in the tax course at FHSU.

I helped review the returns other students had done this year in order to refresh my knowledge about tax returns before I start my job this summer, Rempe said. The most rewarding thing I took out of VITA was being able to provide a service for people in the community, while also gaining hands on experience. It was the first time Id had the opportunity to prepare tax returns. People who qualify for VITA should utilize it because it is free and will save them the money they would otherwise spend on tax-prep fees, plus it really helps the students learn to prepare returns.

Richard Weaver, Hays, heard about VITA from family members who had used it. He and his wife, Carol Kay, used VITA services in 2012 and 2013.

We could get a faster appointment, and they were very friendly, cooperative and helpful, he said. I had a good time with them, and they helped me out.

According to the 2014 press release, VITA volunteers are qualified to prepare: form 1040EZ, 1040A and 1040; Schedule A (itemized deductions), Schedule B (interest and dividends), and Schedule EIC (earned income credit).

For more information about the program, call (785) 628-5805.