Suffolk University Offers Tax Free Assistance

2/6/2001

Suffolk University students will prepare income tax returns for free. 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 32nd 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 undergraduate accounting students, SSOM graduate students and 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.

Lewis Shaw, assistant professor of accounting in the Sawyer School of Management at Suffolk, will be training and supervising the students in the program. Tax returns will be prepared every Tuesday from February 13 through April 17 from 1:00 to 2:15 p.m. at Suffolk University, Sawyer School of Management, 8 Ashburton Place, Room 921. No appointment is necessary. For more information about the program contact Sawyer School of Management, Accounting Department at (617) 573-8652.

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