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NU offering free tax preparation assistance to Niagara Falls community

by jmaloni
Tue, Feb 15th 2011 05:45 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.

Sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service, the program, called Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, or VITA, is entering its 30th 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.

"VITA is yet another way that Niagara University strives to provide a meaningful service to its fellow community members, especially the less fortunate," said Alfonso Oddo, a professor of accounting at the university.

Assistance will be provided from 6 to 8 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Niagara University, St. Vincent's Hall, Room 205: Feb. 15, 17, 22 and 24; March 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29 and 31; April 5, 7, 12 and 14.
  • Niagara Falls Housing Authority, 3001 Ninth St.: Feb. 23; March 9 and 23; April 6 and 13.

No appointments are needed to participate in this free service.

Last August, Niagara University's accounting students were honored with a national award for preparing 558 tax returns for low-income and elderly taxpayers in the Niagara Falls area during the 2010 tax season.

For more information, visit www.niagara.edu.

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