Students to staff tax service at Western Maryland College

February 06, 2000

Western Maryland College students and others trained by Internal Revenue Service agents will offer free tax help through early April through the federal Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

The program, open to students and others who cannot afford professional preparation services, especially older, handicapped and non-English speaking taxpayers, emphasizes help to people preparing their taxes.

Students will provide complete tax preparation if needed, said Susan Milstein, associate professor of economics and business and coordinator of the WMC program.

The student volunteers earn academic credit for their work in VITA. All returns are checked by Milstein, who is also a certified public accountant, and other volunteer CPAs before being sent to the federal and state tax offices.

The VITA office at WMC will be open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, starting Thursday and ending April 11. The office is in Gold Room B in Decker College Center.

Office hours are from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, and noon to 3 p.m. Saturday. The VITA program will not operate during WMC's spring break, March 10-20.

The VITA schedule is:

Tuesdays: Feb. 15, 22, 29; March 7, 21, 28; April 4, 11.

Thursdays: Feb. 10, 17, 24; March 2, 9, 23, 30; April 6.

Saturdays: Feb. 12, 19, 26; March 4, 25; April 1, 8.

Appointments are required. Those seeking help should bring last year's federal and state tax returns and necessary 1999 income verification forms (W-2, 1099, etc.).

Information or appointments: Serg Fayvusovich at 410-751-8359 or Susan Milstein at 410-857-2456.

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