BARUCH COLLEGE ACCOUNTING STUDENTS WILL PREPARE YOUR TAXES – FREE

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New York, NY – March 5, 2007--It’s tax time again, and more than 450 Baruch College students are ready to prepare taxes, free of charge, for New Yorkers who need assistance with their IRS filings. Now in its 16th year, the Baruch tax program has helped thousands of New Yorkers, many of them elderly or immigrants with limited English language skills, complete the filing process painlessly.

Working through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA), the students have all been trained and certified by the IRS.  They are headquartered in Baruch College’s Library and Technology Building at 151 E. 25th Street, between Lexington and Third Avenues, First Floor lobby and will be there to provide tax help through the New York State filing deadline of Tuesday, April 17, 2007. Clients who have questions about forms, documents, or filing procedures should send an email to: www: service@baruchvita.org.

In addition to the Baruch location, students are staffing three other sites--in Chinatown, the Lower East Side and Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn.  Services at all four locations are provided on a walk-in, first-come, first-serve basis.

VITA Site Locations and Operating Hours

Site #1

Baruch College

151 E. 25th Street, between Lexington and Third Avenues, First Floor Lobby

Manhattan

Hours of operation:

Tuesday-Thursday 10am-8pm

Friday 10am- 6pm

 

Site #2

N.Y. Chinese Community Center

62 Mott Street, 2nd Floor

Manhattan

Hours of operation:

Friday 10am- 8pm

Saturday 10am- 5 pm

Sunday 10am- 5 pm

 

Site #3

Hamilton Fish Park Library

415 East Houston Street (between Pitt and Columbia Streets)

Manhattan

Hours of operation:

Saturday 10am- 4 pm

 

Site #4

Kingsbay YM-YWHA

3495 Nostrand Avenue

(Between Avenue U and Avenue V)

Brooklyn

Hours of operation:

Sunday 10am- 3pm

 

Most of the Baruch volunteers are upper-class accounting students planning future careers as CPAs, according to Olga Malinskaya ‘07, the senior honor student who is coordinator of this year’s program Volunteers are qualified to complete federal forms 1040, 1040A and 1040E and New York City and State forms IT 150 and IT 201 and accompanying schedules. 

The Baruch VITA program is organized under the auspices of the Beta Alpha Psi National Honors Society with support from the Zicklin School of Business, the Starr Career Development Center, the Golden Key International Honor Society, the Stan Ross Department of Accountancy, and UHY Advisers, tax and business consultants.
           

Cotact: Zane Berzins, News Director, (646) 660-6113, or Lara Moon, Communications & Marketing, (646) 660-6093.