High schoolers doing your taxes... for free

Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 3:31pm

Tax season is here again.

Some of you may be getting your W-2 forms in the mail already and there's plenty of time to file but experts warn to not procrastinate.

If you want it done correctly, and for free, there's an interesting program in Waco to help out.

Londria Gilmore is a senior at the AJ Moore Academy of University High. Lately she's been helping local families file their taxes.

In conjunction with NeighborWorks Waco, the magnet school has been offering free tax preparations for nine years now. It's a way to help students build their high school resume and give them relevant real-world skills.

"Every night something is new. You never go home without learning something new," said Gilmore.

Now you may be skeptical- a teenager doing your taxes? But if fact these students are certified by the IRS and some of them have been doing it for three years.

"In years past I've spent anywhere from 200 to 300 dollars per session with them and this is free," said Genevieve Shipley, a three-time user of the free program.

"It's a win for me because I don't have to go out-of-pocket to get things done. And all the way around. It allows them to take their skills they've learned in class and actually put them to the test which is an awesome thing," said Shipley.

The sessions are every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at University High from 5 to 8pm.

Just bring your identification, social security card and tax information.

The program ends April 15th.

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