Have you Filed Your Taxes? Free Tax Preparation Available for Central Piedmont Students

Free income tax services are available for Central Piedmont students, faculty, and staff until April 15 through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA). Qualified participants earn $64,000 per year or less.

Eligible individuals are able to participate in two ways, through a Virtual Intake Center or by sitting down in person with a VITA trained tax preparer.

Virtual Intake Sites allow participants to bring the tax documents to a designated location where the tax documents will be uploaded through a secure server, and prepared by a trained VITA tax preparer.

Virtual Intake Sites are available at Cato Campus, Building III, and Room 118 and at Harper Campus, Harper 4, Room 218. Learn more here.

In-person sit-down appointments will be available in the Overcash Building on the Central Campus, in Room 232 (next to Tate Hall). Operating hours for the in-person site are:

  • Monday: 10 a.m. – noon and 1 – 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 8 a.m. – noon and 1 – 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 8 a.m. – noon and 1 – 5 p.m.
  • Thursday: 10 a.m. – noon and 1 – 5 p.m.
  • Friday: 9 a.m. – noon
  • Saturday: 9 a.m. – noon (Walk-Ins Only)

Click here to make an appointment.

Please make sure to bring all necessary paperwork with you to your appointment:

  • Proof of identification (photo ID). If filing a joint return, both spouses must be present to sign required authorization forms
  • Social Security Cards or an ITIN letter for you, your spouse, and dependents
  • Wages and earning statements (W2, W2-G, 1009-R,1099 Misc., etc.) from all employers
  • Interest and dividend statements from banks (Form 1099)
  • A copy of last year’s federal & state tax returns, if available
  • Proof of bank account with routing and account numbers for direct deposit
  • Total paid to a daycare provider, including the daycare provider’s name, address and tax identification information, such as a social security number or Employer Identification Number (EIN)

Single Stop Helps CPCC Student File Free Tax Return

Vanisha Hairston, a dental hygiene student at CPCC, had been using TurboTax to prepare her taxes until she heard about CPCC’s free tax services, available through its Single Stop office.

Vanisha Hairston

Vanisha Hairston

Single Stop’s services are relatively new to the college. The office opened its doors on CPCC’s Central Campus in Jan. 2016 and has been busy connecting students to the resources they need to succeed in life – including free financial, tax and legal services.

Single Stop’s VITA program, an initiative that provides free tax services to individuals who earn less than $54,000 a year, was the perfect fit for Vanisha, a single mother juggling a full-time job with going to school and raising a seven-year-old little boy.

Once she made the appointment through CPCC’s Single Stop office, she found the process to be surprisingly fast. “I was in the office for no more than 90 minutes,” she says. “It definitely would have taken me longer to prepare my own taxes at home. Plus, I had the help of the Single Stop team who simplified the preparation and filing process. I would highly recommend the office’s services to others.”

As a result of the team’s efforts, Vanisha received a significant tax refund which she’ll apply toward her student loans.

To date, CPCC’s Single Stop office has helped file more than 550 tax returns for CPCC students and community members. In addition to tax services, the office provides financial, legal and healthcare assistance to qualifying individuals.

To learn more, visit cpcc.edu/singlestop.

To view a video of Vanisha’s experience with Single Stop, please visit https://youtu.be/7cwBcw4wgpQ.