Financial/Legal programs

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    Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

    The VITA program provides free tax assistance to individual taxpayers and families.

    Since the University of Missouri has suspended in-person classes on the MU campus, the free tax assistance sites at the Family Impact Center and MU campus are closed for the 2019 tax season. We are unable to reopen the tax sites for normal operation as our volunteers are primarily students enrolled in an experiential learning course during the spring semester. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you are looking for free tax preparation alternatives, you might consider the IRS FreeFile website that can refer you to other free tax preparation options.

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    Financial Counseling

    Free, private meetings to discuss options for personal financial questions, challenges or crises.

    Are you frustrated because you can’t pay your bills? Are you at the end of your rope? Do you need a safe place to ask questions? The MU Office for Financial Success offers no-cost, private, judgement-free meetings to discuss options for personal financial questions, challenges or crises for everyone in the community. Our primary focus is on financial education, equipping clients with the knowledge and confidence to take action in their financial lives. It is staffed by MU Personal Financial Planning student volunteers and supervised by an Accredited Financial Counselor (AFC©).

    Services are offered on Mondays 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. or Fridays 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. by appointment only (please make appointment with at least one day prior notice). To make an appointment, call 573-882-2428 or email us.

    Appointments last 1 hour and there is no limit to the quantity of meetings. This service is free to everyone and generally covers topics such as:

    • Budgeting
    • Saving plans
    • Credit building/repairing
    • Investing
    • Higher education planning
    • Collections
    • Debt management
    • Goal setting
    • Tax planning
    • Student loans
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    Pro Bono Estate Planning

    Do you have minor children? Do you want to appoint a guardian for them through a last will and testament? If so, please apply to be part of the Mizzou Law Pro Bono Estate Planning Program.

    All services will be completed by University of Missouri law students under the direct supervision of a licensed practicing attorney and will be free of charge.

    Sessions are offered in the Spring and Fall. Check back here soon for applications for upcoming sessions.