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Accounting Students at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus Offer Free Tax Filing Help

Hundreds of Seniors Expected to Get Help from IRS-trained Students

Brooklyn, N.Y. - Taxpayers with yearly incomes under $43,000 can once again tap into the expertise of accounting students at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus for help in filing their taxes.

Trained in tax preparation by the Internal Revenue Service, members of the Accounting Society at the Brooklyn Campus will be available on most Saturdays through April 10 — the program will be closed on Saturday, March 20 — to give free assistance on income tax returns.

Hundreds of taxpayers, many of them seniors, are expected to participate in the Campus’ Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA), which has operated at the Brooklyn Campus for nearly four decades. The free help — available from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. — will take place on the first floor of the Brooklyn Campus’ Pratt Building. The Campus is situated at the corner of DeKalb and Flatbush Avenues.

Taxpayers should bring identification and social security cards for themselves and their dependents, along with records of their income, including W-2s and 1099s, and, if possible, a copy of last year’s state and federal tax returns.

"This is a great teaching experience for the students who volunteer their services in the VITA program," said Rebecca Jiang, 23, who is coordinating her third year of the VITA program. "It’s a priceless opportunity to lend support to the community. We use E-filing, which takes less time and saves paper," added Jiang, a Brooklyn Campus graduate student on course to receive a master’s degree in accounting this year.

Myrna L. Fischman, C.P.A., accounting professor and adviser to the Accounting Society, helps supervise the service each year.

"For more than 37 years, the Brooklyn Campus has helped our neighbors — many of them disabled, elderly or non-English speaking – through the VITA program," she noted, stressing, "Our services are free, reliable, efficient and rapid.

At the Brooklyn Campus’ School of Business, Public Administration and Information Sciences, the department of accounting, taxation and law offers the B.S. and M.S. in Accounting, the M.S. in Taxation and a five-year combined B.S./M.S. in Accounting.

For information about the VITA program, call (718) 780-4043. For more information about Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus, call (718) 488-1011 or e-mail

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dynamic curricula reflecting the great urban community it serves. Distinctive programs encompass the arts and media, the natural sciences, business, social policy, urban education, the health professions and pharmacy, and include the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, the Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics, the D.P.T. in Physical Therapy and the Pharm.D. in Pharmacy. A vibrant urban oasis in downtown Brooklyn, this diverse and thriving campus offers academic excellence, personalized attention, small class size and flexible course schedules. In 2006, a $45-million Wellness, Recreation and Athletic Center was opened to serve the Campus and the surrounding community. In 2007, the Cyber Café was launched, providing a high-tech hot spot for students and faculty members to meet and eat.

Press contact information:
Helen Saffran
Associate Director of Public Relations, Brooklyn Campus
Phone: 718-488-1419
Fax: 718-780-4046

Posted: March 9, 2010

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