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Student Volunteers to Provide Tax Assistance

Touro Law Center Designated A Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Site, Students Volunteer to Provide Assistance to Community Members
January 5, 2012

Central Islip, NY – Approximately 20 Touro Law students have volunteered to participate in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Through this public service project, sponsored by the United States Internal Revenue Service, students are trained as volunteers to offer free tax help to low- to moderate-income community members who cannot prepare their own tax returns. This year, Touro Law Center is a VITA site, allowing students to work with community members and file tax returns directly from the law school. The program is being overseen by Bethpage Federal Credit Union.

Touro Law’s VITA office, located in the William Randolph Hearst Public Advocacy Center on the second floor of the law school, will operate on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 – 7 pm from February 7 through the filing deadline in April. Touro Law students will also be volunteering at Bethpage Federal Credit Union in Bay Shore and Central Islip, on Wednesdays from 6 – 9 pm and Saturdays from 3 – 6 pm from February 8 through the filing deadline in April.

Residents interested in participating in this program are asked to bring: photo identification; social security cards for individuals, spouses and family members; current year’s tax package if you received one, wage and earning statement(s) Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, from all employers; interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099); a copy of last year’s Federal and State returns if available; bank routing numbers and account numbers for direct deposit; total paid for day care; day care providers identifying number. Please note: to file taxes electronically on a married filing joint tax return, both spouses must be present.

"Our students are dedicated to helping community members,” said Thomas Maligno, Director of Public Interest and Executive Director of the William Randolph Hearst Public Advocacy Center at Touro Law. “Working with Bethpage Federal Credit Union has been a great collaboration. This program provides students with great training and the opportunity to make a difference in the community while learning the tax system and honing their abilities in counseling clients. It’s truly a great program."

For additional information, please contact (631) 761-7198.

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Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center’s 185,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility is located adjacent to both a state and a federal courthouse in Central Islip, New York. Touro Law’s proximity to the courthouses, coupled with programming developed to integrate the courtroom into the classroom, provide a one-of-a kind learning model for law students, combining a rigorous curriculum taught by expert faculty with a practical courtroom experience. Touro Law, which has a student body of approximately 750 and an alumni base of more than 5,000, offers full- and part-time J.D. programs, several dual degree programs and graduate law programs for US and foreign law graduates. Touro Law Center is part of the Touro College system.

About the Touro College and University System
Touro is a system of non-profit institutions of higher and professional education. Touro College was chartered in 1970 primarily to enrich the Jewish heritage, and to serve the larger American and global community. Approximately 19,000 students are currently enrolled in its various schools and divisions. Touro College has branch campuses, locations and instructional sites in the New York area, as well as branch campuses and programs in Berlin, Jerusalem, Moscow, Paris, and Florida. Touro University California and its Nevada branch campus, as well as Touro College Los Angeles and Touro University Worldwide as separately accredited institutions within the Touro College and University System. For further information on Touro College, please go to: http://www.touro.edu/media/.

For more info contact:

Patti Desrochers
Director of Communications
pattid@tourolaw.edu
(631) 761-7062