Bentley College Receives IRS Grant for Free Multilingual Tax Assistance Day
June 19, 2000
WALTHAM, Mass.- The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has awarded a Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic grant of $100,000 to Bentley College, where students and tax experts will use the grant to conduct multilingual workshops for immigrant entrepreneurs and workers. Bentley is the only college in Massachusetts to receive such a grant, and among a handful of higher education institutions nationwide that are not law schools.
In collaboration with the college's academic departments, Bentley Service-Learning Center (BSLC) will implement Multilingual Tax Assistance Day, a free program that will be held twice per year beginning in September 2000. Targeted toward immigrant entrepreneurs and workers who speak English as a Second Language (ESL), it will feature workshops on issues pertaining to tax-related rights and responsibilities of workers and employers. It will also include one-on-one sessions with tax and accounting experts to help resolve existing tax controversies with the IRS. Both the workshops and individual meetings will be translated in several different languages. The program will be staffed by Bentley faculty, staff and students, as well as outside experts. Bill Wiggins, director of Bentley College's Graduate Program in Taxation, will serve as a faculty presenter and will help coordinate the outside tax professionals.
"Multilingual Tax Assistance Day is targeted toward populations who are often underrepresented in regards to tax information and compliance issues because of language barriers," says Associate Professor of Accounting Mark Nixon. "This is our chance to give ESL taxpayers a fair shake at the tax system."
Following the success of similar community outreach programs at Bentley- including Citizenship Day, the Immigrant Assistance Program, and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program- Rob Koulish, director of BSLC, worked collaboratively with Nixon to propose Multilingual Tax Assistance Day to the IRS. Koulish and Nixon expect the new program to serve as a national model for other higher education institutions.
BENTLEY UNIVERSITY is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader – one with the deep technical skills, broad global perspective, and high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Our rich, diverse arts and sciences program, combined with an advanced business curriculum, prepares informed professionals who make an impact in their chosen fields. Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. The Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and customized executive education programs. The university enrolls approximately 4,100 full-time undergraduate, 140 adult part-time undergraduate, 1,430 graduate, and 43 doctoral students. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System, which benchmarks quality in management and business education.
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