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Milligan College offers free tax prep through VITA

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MILLIGAN COLLEGE, TN (WJHL) - For the sixth year, Milligan College is offering free, IRS-certified return preparations through VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) – beginning February 3.

This year, there is a new online registration option and a sponsor, Appalachian Community Federal Union (ACFCU).

In 2013, volunteers completed more than 500 returns – saving clients more than $125,000 and producing more than $600,000 in refunds.

For more information on registering for a session, check out The program will be led by Milligan professor Dr. Harold Branstrator, a former IRS employee. Returns are prepared by students who have completed VITA’s three-week certification process.

“We see this as a ministry to low and moderate-income taxpayers,” Branstrator said. “Our volunteers (mostly Milligan students) are competent, courteous and respectful and we have a near-zero error rate, much lower than the average for paid preparers.

Only those eligible for the program can take advantage of these services:

  • people with annual incomes of less than $50,000
  • anyone with a physical disability
  • non English-speaking citizenS
  • people older than 55

Sites and days of operation, beginning Feb. 3 - mid-April:


  • Johnson City Housing Authority Carver Office, 500 Washington Ave., 9 a.m.-noon.
  • Eastern Eight Community Development Corp., 214 E. Watauga Ave., 5-9 p.m.


  • Appalachian Community Federal Credit Union, 5034 Bobby Hicks Highway Suite 2, 5-9 p.m.


  • Catholic Charities, 323 W. Walnut St., 9 a.m.-noon
  • Milligan College, Derthick Hall Room 109, 5-9 p.m.


  • Elizabethton Public Library, 201 N. Sycamore St., Elizabethton, 4-8 p.m.


  • Grandview Christian Church, 300 University Parkway, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

VITA also will offer two free tax preparation days at ACFCU locations in Norton, VA, and Berea, KY. Appointments must be made by phone by calling 800.378.3778.

Saturday, March 1:

  • ACFCU, 1400 Park Ave., NW, Norton, Va., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Saturday, March 8:
  • ACFCU, 104 Pasco St., Berea, Ky., 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

To schedule an appointment for all other locations, visit

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