Accounting students will take part in the Tax Assistance Program

by Michael O. Garvey

Accounting students from the University of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College will take part in Notre Dame’s 27th annual Tax Assistance Program beginning Saturday (Feb.8)p. The program, in which volunteer tax preparers assist low-income taxpayers with preparation of their state and local returns, will continue through April 15. It will not operate from March 8-16 due to the students’ spring break.p. According to Ken Milani, professor of accountancy at Notre Dame and program coordinator, taxpayers with annual incomes of $27,000 or less may receive free assistance by bringing the necessary information to one of 10 sites in the South Bend area (see accompanying list). They should bring copies of their federal and state tax returns from last year and all other relevant documents. Information concerning possible itemized deductions—such as real estate taxes, personal property taxes, medical bills, and charitable contributions—should also be made available to tax preparation volunteers.p. Milani said that people with more complicated tax problems should bring them to one of the five major centers: the Hansel Neighborhood Center, the downtown St. Joseph County Public Library, the Tutt Branch of the St. Joseph Public Library, the Northeast Neighborhood Center, or the Mishawaka Public Library. Certified public accountants will be on duty at these locations.p. Last year more than 2000 tax returns were filed for Michiana residents by the program’s volunteers. There is no charge for the service, which is supported by funds from Notre Dame’s College of Business Administration and supplies provided by the Internal Revenue Service and the Indiana Department of Revenue. Further information may be obtained by calling 631-7863.

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