Free Tax preparation begins
BATON ROUGE- Southern University's Law School students kicked off their season of free tax preparations today. The program helps anyone who needs help getting their taxes filed.
"The earned income tax credit, which is what we're focusing on today is one of the biggest credits that people miss out on, and we don't want people who qualify for that credit to miss out on that credit and miss out on opportunities to get a refund that could really help them help their families," said John Pierre, Vice Chancellor at the Law School.
That's exactly what Letetra Francis had in mind. She didn't want to spend money getting tax help so she went to Southern.
"I'm pretty sure it would be 200 dollars at the most and that's 200 dollars that I could either save, buy something that I need, or take care of the kids, it's very important that it's free and I could use the extra money," said Francis.
The program also allows Southern Law students to practice in a real world environment.
"Anytime you can work with the public and get hands on experience it's excellent because you can learn as much as books will allow but until you're able to apply it, I think that's the most important thing," said Sonji Moore, a law student at Southern.
The school will offer free help every Saturday from 10:00 until 3:00 and Wednesday nights until April 7th.