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Last update: 4/10/08

[University of Wisconsin-Green Bay News Release]

For Immediate Release:

April 9, 2008

Department of Revenue Secretary visiting UW-Green Bay

GREEN BAY-Wisconsin Department of Revenue Secretary Roger Ervin will hold a news conference on the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay campus Thursday afternoon (April 10) to discuss the status of this year's income tax processing and provide updated statistics, including electronic filing rates and average tax refunds. The percentage of e-filed returns is expected to reach a record high this season.

With April 15 just days away, Ervin will encourage last-minute filers to meet the tax-filing deadline and receive any refunds more quickly by e-filing.

The Secretary will make his address at 2 p.m. in Room 1034 of the Instructional Services building.

Ervin will also visit and observe UW-Green Bay's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance workers. VITA is a partnership among the IRS, DOR, local governments, educational institutions and community organizations to provide free tax preparation for low- and moderate-income individuals. The UW-Green Bay VITA program is coordinated by student leadership and advised by a faculty member.

About 20 students-mostly accounting or business majors-volunteer to assist with tax returns, said Prof. Marilyn Sagrillo, adviser to the program. They have processed more than 300 returns already this year.

Last year, the students were able to save 204 taxpayers a total of $273,000 by maximizing returns and not charging fees. More people are taking advantage of the service this year because of the need to file a tax return to be eligible for the federal government's economic stimulus payment.

UW-Green Bay students have been providing free tax assistance for more than 30 years. Students participating in the program have to pass an exam to demonstrate their competence in preparing tax returns.

For more information, contact News and Media Relations Coordinator Mike Heine at (920) 465-2526.

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08-88 | Contact: Mike Heine heinem@uwgb.edu, (920) 465-2526



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