Osborne HS Tax Center: Ready to Help

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OHS Seniors Robert Brown and Ashley Gallardo discuss the Tax Center Program with School Board Member Susan Thayer.

Osborne High School students are ready to help anyone with preparations to file a tax return. The school’s Volunteer Income Tax Center will be open all day on Wednesday, April 15, 2015. The Center is an official IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) center, offering free income tax prep to low-moderate income taxpayers.

The VITA is hosted by St. Philip UMC, 2400 Favor Road, Marietta, GA, 30060. The site operates by appointment only and clients can call 678-468-2139 to schedule one.The center is mobility accessible, offers Spanish translation services and files electronically. Email is osbornetaxcenter@gmail.com.

The Osborne HS Tax Center has been operating since 2011 and is one of two volunteer tax preparation sites in the state hosted by a high school. Osborne Business Education and coordinating teacher, Michael Devault, oversees all aspects of operations. Devault says “Since it started, Osborne students have prepared over 800 tax returns, yielding returns of over $600, 000 and saving taxpayers thousands in preparation fees.”

Recent visitors to Osborne’s center included representatives from the United Way of Greater Atlanta and the Internal Revenue Service.

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Henry Medrano scheduling appointments for clients.

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Senior Harrison Clark preparing a return for a client.