Suffolk University Offers Free Tax Assistance


BOSTON, MA - Suffolk University students will be preparing income tax returns, free of charge, every Tuesday from February 17, 2004 to April 13, 2004. This program is part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program and is sponsored by Suffolk's chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, the accounting honors society.

VITA, now in its 35th year of service to taxpayers, provides free tax help to the community. The program works in conjunction with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR).

Suffolk University undergraduate accounting students and graduate students, as well as Suffolk University Law School students involved in the program, are trained in the preparation of taxes. The students are available to help those who cannot afford paid professional assistance, particularly those with low and fixed income, individuals with disabilities, non-English speaking and elderly taxpayers, in addition to Suffolk students, faculty and staff (with both state and federal income tax returns). Electronic filing of returns is available.

Tracy Noga, Assistant Professor of Accounting at Suffolk's Sawyer School of Management, will be training and supervising the students in the program. Tax returns will be prepared every Tuesday from February 17, 2004 to April 13, 2004 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Suffolk's Sawyer School of Management, 8 Ashburton Place, Room 522. No appointment is necessary. Taxpayers will be helped on a first come, first served basis.

For more information about the program, please contact Suffolk University's Accounting Department at 617-573-8652.

Suffolk University, located on Boston's historic Beacon Hill, with campuses in Madrid, Spain and Dakar, Senegal (Africa) is a comprehensive global institution distinguished by its teaching and the intellectual contributions of its faculty. Suffolk offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs in more than 70 areas of study. Its mission is to provide quality education at a reasonable cost for students of all ages and backgrounds, with strong emphasis on diversity. Suffolk has a combined enrollment of more than 7,500 full-time and part-time students at its Law School, College of Arts and Sciences and Sawyer School of Management.

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