Student Volunteers to Provide Tax AssistanceFebruary 19, 2014
Touro Law students are providing free tax help to low and moderate income community members who need help preparing their own tax returns through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA). Through this public service project, sponsored by the United States Internal Revenue Service and being overseen by Bethpage Federal Credit Union, more than 25 student volunteers have been trained and can file tax returns directly from the law school, a designated site for the program. This is the fifth year Touro Law students have participated in the project.
"This program benefits Touro Law students and members of the surrounding community,” said Touro Law Dean Patricia Salkin. “Our students are provided with the opportunity to use knowledge they learn in class, gain hands-on skills training and make a tangible difference in the community. It’s truly a great program and we are glad to again be collaborating with Bethpage Federal Credit Union to successfully provide this service in the community."
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 through the filing deadline in April. Touro Law students are also volunteering at Bethpage Federal Credit Union in Bay Shore and Central Islip.
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.
For additional information, please contact (631) 650-2330 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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