Mount students offer free tax prep help

February 24, 2012

Newburgh, NY -

Local individuals with low to moderate incomes (generally $49,000 or less) who need help with their tax forms can request free income tax preparation assistance through the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

Mount Saint Mary College accounting students have teamed up with PathStone Community Improvement of Newburgh to provide the service. The college volunteers Stephen Blomquist, Hopewell Junction, NY; Joe Canary and Durija Hadzibrahimi, Newburgh, NY; Marco Crescimanni, Selden, NY; Brianne Geller, East Rockaway, NY; Leonora Liz, New York, NY; Noelle Shalian, Salisbury Mills, NY.

The volunteers also completed online training plus a full day of on-site training with an IRS representative. All returns will be reviewed before they are finalized.

The accounting program at the Mount offers a sequence of specialized instruction in accounting theory, cost management, budgeting, auditing, taxation, accounting systems, and accounting as a management tool.

More than 50 percent of the Mount’s 2,700 students volunteer in the field as part of coursework, or through clubs.

The IRS VITA site in Newburgh is located at Center for Hope, 280 Broadway. To schedule an appointment, call 845-569-0770. Mount students are also providing help with state and federal income tax forms at the Newburgh Free Library, 124 Grand Street, and Senior Horizons, 353 S. Plank Road.