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Bentley Students Provide Free Income Tax Help For the Public

February 12, 2006

Need help navigating the world of personal income tax returns? Bentley students are available to help free of charge. For the seventh consecutive year, residents of Waltham and surrounding communities will receive free tax assistance from Bentley students through the IRS-sponsored Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.


Both undergraduate and graduate accounting students will offer help, particularly to the elderly, non-English speaking residents, low and limited income taxpayers, and individuals with disabilities. The VITA program is held in Morison Hall, Room 101 on the Bentley campus on Forest Street. It is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00p.m.


Tax returns are done on a first come, first serve basis. Residents should bring:

  • This year's tax package and/or label
  • A copy of last year's tax return
  • All forms, W-2 and 1099 from last year (if available) and a W-4 form or recent pay stub


    The VITA Program is offered through Bentley's Service-Learning Center, which strives to make community service part of the learning curriculum. Before being accepted into the program, participating students are required to pass the IRS VITA certification exam.


    Bentley students, Jaclyn Johnson and Marisa May, are co-coordinators of the VITA program. According to Johnson, the program offers a lot to both students and the people they help, "It's a great opportunity for accounting students to get hands-on experience. And it also gives them a chance to work with people in the community, some who are not as fortunate as most Bentley students."


    For residents and community organizations seeking more information, please call 781-891-2714. Directions to Bentley College are available by calling 781-891-2100 or on the web at



    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. For more information, please visit

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