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Free tax help available for students, faculty and staff

By Haley Childers

BOONE, N.C.—The Department of Accounting in the Walker College of Business is operating a free tax help lab for Appalachian State University students, staff and faculty, with services available now through April 12.

For assistance, visit Room 4015 of Peacock Hall between 5 and 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. No appointment is necessary. The lab will be closed during the university’s spring break, March 13-17, and on any dates the university closes for inclement weather.

The volunteers staffing the lab are Walker College of Business accounting undergraduate and graduate students who serve as IRS-Certified Volunteer Income Tax Assistants. The lab is directed by Dr. Mary Ann Hofmann, associate professor in the Department of Accounting.

Hofmann and the student volunteers provide tax return preparation assistance and advice, and answer relevant tax questions.

Individuals earning $64,000 or less have the option to e-file federal and state income taxes through MyFreeTaxes, a free, national, online platform sponsored by the United Way and supported by H&R Block®. It is not necessary to visit the lab to utilize this program. Participants may begin the step-by-step process, then save the form for later use. That process will allow the participants to ask questions or gather additional documents before submitting the completed form to the Internal Revenue Service.

For more information, contact Dr. Mary Ann Hofmann at

About the Walker College of Business

The Walker College of Business at Appalachian State University delivers transformational educational experiences that prepare and inspire students to be ethical, innovative and engaged business leaders who positively impact our community, both locally and globally. The college places emphasis on international experiences, sustainable business practices, entrepreneurial programs, and real-world applications with industry. Enrolling approximately 2,800 undergraduates in nine majors and nearly 150 graduate students, the Walker College is accredited by AACSB International – the premier global accrediting body for schools of business.

About Appalachian State University

Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 18,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.