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LIU Brooklyn Accounting Students Volunteer to Offer Free Tax-Preparation Assistance to Moderate/Low-Income Filers


Sarah DeCamp,Associate Director of Public Relations

Vita2014Tax season is upon us and LIU Brooklyn students are once again volunteering to assist low-income, local community residents in preparing their tax returns through the campus’ Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA). Students of the Accounting Society at LIU Brooklyn are trained and certified by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and provide free, basic income tax-return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.

VITA services are available to anyone with an annual income below $51,000. Taxpayers should bring valid photo identification, social security cards for themselves and their dependents, and records of income, including W-2s and 1099s. In addition, it is necessary to bring a blank check for proof of routing and bank account numbers for direct deposit. Taxpayers are encouraged to bring a copy of last year’s tax returns, if possible.

“The VITA program not only helps our students gain real-life accounting experience, but it also helps our neighbors—many of them disabled, elderly, or non-English speaking,” said Myrna L. Fischman, C.P.A., Ph.D., chair of the Department of Accounting at LIU Brooklyn. “We are proud to continue this free service that we have been offering local residents for more than 40 years.”

Students can assist taxpayers in preparing the following federal returns: 1040EZ, 1040A, 1040 (Schedules A & B), and forms 2441 and 8863. State returns that can be prepared include IT 200 and IT 201.

VITA sessions will run every Friday and Saturday, through April 12 (closed March 14 and 15), from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the Pratt Building, first floor, at 1 University Plaza. For more information, call 718-780-4062 or email To view a public service announcement, visit YouTube.

Posted 02/25/2014

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