Johnson & Wales University Announces Free Tax Preparation Service
Johnson & Wales
University, an NEC member, has announced that it will be offering free
tax-filing preparation for those who earned $55,000 or less last year. This
assistance will be offered at four sessions from April 3-11 by students
studying accounting and finance.
The University is offering this service through the federal
Internal Revenue Service’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.
Started in 1991, the program is designed to give students real-world experience
filing returns before graduation, as well as familiarity with IRS rules and
regulations. Upon completion, students will be authorized to prepare federal
and state returns.
Carlos Diaz, Associate Professor at the University’s College
of Business, explained, “Tax season can be a frustrating time for those who
cannot afford the cost of tax-preparation fees and do not have the ability to
e-fil their own returns.” He said that the VITA program, “offers students the
opportunity to enhance their skills and gain experience, while also lending a
hand to the community in which we live.”
The New England Council commends the generous service that
Johnson & Wales is providing, and for seizing the opportunity to both
educate its students and to assist the community at the same time.