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Every year New Yorkers struggle with their tax forms. Particularly for immigrants and the elderly, filling out a federal form 1040 can be a real headache. Baruch College students are prepared to help. Under the auspices of the College’s Golden Key Honor Society and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, some 250 Baruch students have set up sites all over town to facilitate tax preparation and filing.

Headquarters for the free public service program is the Baruch College Library and Technology building, located at 151 E. 25th Street, Room 320. Tax help is available at this location Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 am to 8 pm. Seven other sites in Manhattan, the Bronx and Brooklyn offer tax assistance during designated hours.

All students participating in the Baruch VITA program have passed an IRS qualifying exam. Many are accounting majors preparing for careers in the profession. No appointments are necessary and tax help is provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. Student tax preparers are qualified to complete Forms 1040 and 1040A as well as New York State and City forms IT 200 and IT 201, with accompanying schedules. They will help clarify such issues as earned income tax credits, childcare deductions, and tuition credits.

This service will be operational March 1st through Thursday, April 15, 2004. The Baruch VITA program can be contacted directly via e-mail at


VITA Site Locations and Operating Hours

Site 1:
Baruch College
151 E. 25th Street, Room 320
Hours of operation:
Tuesday   10 AM - 8 PM
Wednesday  10 AM - 8 PM
Thursday   10 AM - 8 PM
Friday   10 AM - 8 PM

Site 2:
Kingsbay YM-YWHA

3495 Nostrand Avenue
Friday   9 AM - 2 PM

Site 3:
William Colton's Office

223 Kings Highway
Wednesday   4 PM - 8 PM
Thursday   4 PM - 8 PM

Site 4:
Manhattan (Chinatown)
Chinese Community Center

62 Mott Street, 2nd Floor
Saturday   10 AM - 4 PM
Sunday   10 AM - 4 PM

Site 5:
Hamilton Fish Park Library

415 E. Houston Street (Near Avenue D)
Thursday   1 PM - 5 PM
Saturday   1 PM - 5 PM

Site 6:
YM-YMHA of Washington Heights

54 Nagle Avenue (at 196th Street and Broadway)
Sunday  Noon - 5 PM

Site 7:
The Bronx
Bronx River Community Center

1619 E. 174th Street
Friday   4 PM - 8 PM
Saturday   9 AM - 4 PM

Site 8
The Bronx
Baychester Community Center

1220 E. 229th Street
Saturday   9 AM - 4 PM

Zane Berzins
News Manager

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