Suffolk Tax Preparation Clinic

Suffolk’s Tax Preparation Clinic is a free tax preparation program that assists community members who have incomes with their tax returns.

In a college setting, assistance is generally administered by college students enrolled in accounting and business management programs. The clinic is operated as a community service project where students earn additional credit for volunteer time and professional tax preparation experience. To be eligible to participate your income must be $54,000 or less.

The due date for the US Individual Income Tax Return for Tax Year 2019 is April 15, 2020.

What should I bring with me to my appointment?

  • Proof of identification (photo ID): driver's license, government issued ID such as Mass ID, foreign student must bring passport
  • Social Security cards for you, your spouse and dependents 
  • An Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) assignment letter may be substituted for you, your spouse and your dependents if you do not have a Social Security number
  • Proof of foreign status, if applying for an ITIN
  • Birth dates for you, your spouse and dependents on the tax return
  • Wage and earning statements (Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R,1099-Misc, Form 1042-S) from all employers or institutions 
  • Interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099)
  • Health Insurance Exemption Certificate, if received
  • A copy of last year’s federal and state returns, if available
  • Proof of bank account routing and account numbers for direct deposit such as a blank check
  • Total paid for daycare provider and the daycare provider's tax identifying number such as their Social Security number or business Employer Identification Number
  • Forms 1095-A, B and C, Health Coverage Statements
  • Copies of income transcripts from IRS and state, if applicable

All of our volunteers are looking forward to meeting you and helping you with the preparation of your tax returns.

Important Information for Your 2019 Tax Year Filing

The Standard Deduction

The standard deduction for taxpayers who do not itemize deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040) changes every year. The standard deduction amounts for 2019 are:

$12,200 – Single or Widow(er) with qualifying child
$24,400 – Married Filing Jointly
$18,350 – Head of Household

There is a higher standard deduction for those filers who are age 65 or older, or legally blind

Earned Income Credit (EIC)

Significant Change: Qualifying Requires Social Security cards.

$519 with no qualifying children
$3,461 with one qualifying child
$5,716 with two qualifying children
$6,431 with three qualifying children

Income limitation ranges from $15,270 with no children to $54,884 with three or more children

Health Coverage Mandate

2018 ended the federal health coverage requirement due to tax legislation which has eliminated the federal mandate for years beyond 2018; however, Massachusetts residents will still be required to have health coverage.

Location & Hours

Suffolk University
20 Somerset Street
FL 1, Room 114
Boston, MA 02108

Dates of Operation: February 14th to April 10th

Hours of Operation: Fridays - 3:30 pm to 7:00 pm