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Economy

Several colleges offer tax filing assistance

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Seniors drawing pensions could be taxed under Governor Snyder's new tax proposal.

Several Michigan universities are offering free tax help for low-income families.

Ron Draayer is with Davenport University and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance. He says the program is part of a greater effort to help people get their tax refunds.

"We want to bring that to help the families, which in turn, they'll hopefully spend it in our communities, and that's a plus for everybody," Draayer said. 

The West Michigan VITA includes accounting students from Davenport, Aquinas College and Cornerstone University, as well as community volunteers. They brought in over $8 million last year in tax refunds and credits, Draayer said. 

To find a free tax site near you, dial 2-1-1 or visit this webpage

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