Baruch College Students Offer Free Tax Return Preparation in Several Languages

IRS-Certified Students to Provide Public Service for the Community

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NEW YORK, NY, Jan. 31, 2012 – It’s tax season once again, and thanks to a student led organization, New Yorkers may be eligible to have their tax returns prepared at no-cost through the Baruch Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program starting on Tuesday, February 7 through Tuesday, April 17 at five locations throughout the city.

The VITA tax program welcomes everyone, but is specifically aimed at immigrant and low-income New Yorkers who may not be able to afford the service or face language barriers. Last year Baruch VITA volunteers prepared more than 5,658 returns for clients, which led to $5,343,036 in refunds.

Services are free and no appointments are necessary. This year, all locations will offer E-filing services, weekend hours and interpreters for the following languages: Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish, Russian and Korean.

“Last year we had 250 student volunteers and our combined number of volunteered hours was 10,279.5,” says Dennis Wang ’12, President of VITA at Baruch College. “At the end of the tax season, I've made friends who I can take classes with and help review my résumé.

I can also personally relate to many of the clients who use our service,” says Wang. “My parents were immigrants to the United States and knew little English so they both worked for little pay. Looking back, this tax assistance program would have been a great service for us.”

The VITA tax program kicks off at Baruch College, 151 East 25th Street (between Lexington and Third Avenue), a reliable location for interviews and video footage for your news story. Tax preparers will be on the job Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, noon to 7 p.m.; Fridays, noon to 6 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Saturday sessions at Baruch also welcome international students with F-1 visas.

VITA was created by the IRS in 1969, and Baruch VITA was established in the early 1990's. Most Baruch tax volunteers are majoring in Finance or Accountancy. They will prepare federal tax forms 1040 and 1040A and New York State tax forms IT 201 and IT 150, as well as all accompanying schedules.

 

What: Baruch College Income Tax Assistance           

When: Friday, February 3, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

through Tuesday, April 17

Where: 151 East 25th Street New York, NY 10010

 

Press contact: Mercedes Sanchez at (646) 660-6112 or mercedes.sanchez@baruch.cuny.edu.

For the public: If you have a question about filing your taxes with one of our Baruch College student volunteers, send an e-mail to: questions@baruchvita.org  

 

BARUCH COLLEGE VITA – 2012  LOCATIONS AND HOURS

Baruch College    

151 East 25th Street, New York, NY 10010

Hours of Operation:

Tuesday to Thursday 12PM to 7PM

Friday 12PM to 6PM

*Saturday 10AM to 3PM

English, Spanish, Russian, and Chinese

*Welcomes international students with F-1 visas

 

Hamilton Fish Park Library - Lower East Side  

Begins on Saturday, February 4

415 East Houston Street, New York, NY 10002

Hours of Operation:

Saturday 10AM to 3PM

Languages available: English, Spanish

 

New York Chinese Community Center (CCBA) - Chinatown, NYC

Begins on Saturday, February 4

62 Mott Street, 2nd floor, New York, NY 10013

Hours of Operation:

Saturday & Sunday 10AM to 3PM

*By appointment only - Visit CCBA in person to schedule an appointment

Languages available: Chinese (Mandarin & Cantonese), English

 

Chinese American Planning Council (CPC) - Brooklyn   

Begins on Saturday, February 12

4101 8th Avenue, 4th FL., Brooklyn, NY 11232

Hours of Operation:

Saturday: 10AM to 3PM

Languages available: Chinese (Mandarin & Cantonese), English

 

Chinese American Planning Council (CPC) – Queens    

Begins on Saturday, February 12

136-18 39th Avenue, 8th Floor

Hours of Operation:

Saturday and Sunday: 10AM to 3PM

Languages available: Chinese (Mandarin & Cantonese), English