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Niagara University marks 35 years of free tax prep service for local community

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Wed, Feb 10th 2016 04:40 pm

Continuing a tradition that has become nearly as inevitable as taxes themselves, accounting students from Niagara University's College of Business Administration will again provide free tax preparation assistance to members of the Niagara Falls community this tax season.

This marks the 35th year Niagara University has offered the service. In 2015, 75 student volunteers helped local residents file 425 tax returns, totaling more than $637,000 in federal and state refunds.

Beginning Feb. 9, assistance will be provided from 5:45-7:30 p.m. at Niagara University (St. Vincent's Hall, Room 205) on the following dates:

•Feb. 9, 11, 16, 18, 23 and 25; March 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 29 and 31

In addition, sessions will also be held at the Doris W. Jones Family Resource Building (3001 9th St., Niagara Falls) from noon to 4 p.m. on the following Saturdays:

•Feb. 20 and March 12

Appointments are accepted but not necessary to participate in this free service. Participants are asked to bring photo identification and a social security card.

Niagara's program is coordinated by Dr. Ian Burt, a certified public accountant and accounting faculty member at the university.

Sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service, the program, called Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), is entering its 35th year at Niagara. Under the program, NU students prepare and electronically file federal and state tax returns free of charge for elderly and low-income taxpayers in the community. The program is coordinated by members of Beta Alpha Psi, the international honor society for accounting, and the college's accounting society.

Niagara University's VITA program has garnered national accolades from Beta Alpha Psi, an organization with more than 300,000 members in 300 chapters on college and university campuses around the world.

For more information, call 716-286-7328 or visit www.niagara.edu/vita.

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