Senator Capito visits B&E to support free tax prep program

February 27, 2015

Senator Capito

When the Free File tax program was announced at the College of Business and Economics earlier this month, U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito said she wanted to be a part of the message that a free tax preparation program was available to eligible West Virginians.

“The wonderful thing about this program is that it’s a public-private partnership. The Free File program helps West Virginians take the stress out of tax season and put hard-earned money back into their pockets,” Capito said. “This invaluable service is an excellent example of how the government and private sector can work together to benefit our communities.”

Capito gave kudos to Free File, a partnership between the Internal Revenue Service and tax preparation software companies that not only provides free tax preparation assistance to eligible filers, but also comes at no cost to the government. The program is open to people earning $60,000 or less, and uses a simple, interview-style format to help taxpayers identify all the credits and deductions for which they are eligible.

“These software products make the annual filing process quick and easy,” said Dave Macklin of the Computer & Communications Industry Association, the organization that sponsored the event at B&E. “Our hope is that every eligible person takes advantage of Free File and gets every credit and deduction they deserve this tax season.”

Capito took the opportunity to speak with B&E Milan Puskar Dean Jose “Zito” Sartarelli about advancement of the College. She also spoke to several B&E students who attended the event.

“We had accounting and other students who really took advantage of attending this event, and I was very happy to see that,” Sartarelli said. “I gave a brief overview of what is happening here at B&E, and it was certainly an honor to have Senator Capito here. I hope we have the opportunity to have her back here again when we can spend more time with her.”

West Virginia is one of 20 states plus the District of Columbia that sponsors a state Free File program.