Mobile Tax Assistance Offered to Area Families
March 14, 2014
Director of Institutional Communication
AMHERST, N.Y. -- Low- and middle-income families are receiving income tax assistance right in their neighborhoods thanks to an Income TAXi being staffed by a team of trained Daemen College accounting students.
Upcoming stops for the mobile tax preparation service, which will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will be the Eden Library onMarch 22; the Cantalician Center on March 29; Schiller Park Senior Center on April 5; and Senator Tim Kennedy’s office, 2239 South Park Ave. on April 12. Appointments are recommended by calling 2-1-1, Western New York’s human services information and referral number.
Started in February, a total of 10 sites throughout Western New York will have been visited by the time the service concludes at the end of the tax season.
Four Daemen accounting students, along with three former VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) students and a business administration intern make up this year’s team providing free tax preparation. Students receive training in a “Tax Law” course in the fall semester and must pass IRS basic and advanced certification exams. They then take a “Service Learning Through VITA” course, which includes 40 hours of service preparing returns for low- and middle-income families.
“This is a valuable outreach effort that brings income tax service to convenient locations for area residents who need this type of assistance,” said Dr. Sharon Benz, director of the Daemen Center for Sustainable Communities and Civic Engagement (CSCCE), who supervises the students.
The Income TAXi is being co-sponsored by CSCCE and the Daemen Accounting Department.