THE TAX MAN COMETH: BARUCH STUDENTS PROVIDE HELP ALL AROUND TOWN
Students Staff Eight Locations
BARUCH COLLEGE, NEW YORK, NY (3/13/03)—With the arrival of tax season, Baruch students are again ready to assist New Yorkers with the burden of preparing their IRS and New York State and City tax returns. This year, the Baruch Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) team will be headquartered in the College’s library and technology building, 151 E. 25th Street, Room 320, where tax consultants will be on hand Tuesday through Friday, 10 am to 8 pm. To reach the BaruchVITA program, call (212) 802-2419 or e-mail: Vita2003_Baruch@yahoo.com.
In order to provide maximum coverage, Baruch students will also be staffing seven off-campus sites. Locations include Chinatown, the Lower East Side, Coney Island, the East Bronx, Long island City and Flushing, Queens.
The Baruch College VITA Program is conducted under the auspices of the Baruch branch of the Golden Key International Honor Society. Approximately 150 students are participating and all have passed an IRS qualifying exam. Most tax preparers are upper-class accounting majors. The Baruch program makes a special effort to reach out to underserved immigrant communities; many Baruch students are bilingual and the children of recent immigrants.
The service is free, and tax help is provided on a first-come, first-served 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 2001. Baruch students can walk you through such thorny issues as earned income tax credits, childcare deductions, and tuition credits