Bentley University Students Offer Free Income Tax Help to Waltham and Surrounding Community Residents
February 24, 2011
Bentley University students will offer free tax return preparation for residents of Waltham, Massachusetts, and surrounding communities, through April 12 (with the exception of Spring Break, March 12-21). This is the thirteenth consecutive year Bentley has offered this service through the IRS-sponsored Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Residents and community organizations seeking more information about this valuable program, please call 781.891.2714 or e-mail ga_VITA@bentley.edu. Both Bentley undergraduate and graduate accounting students offer their expertise to those in need, particularly the elderly, low and limited income taxpayers, and individuals with disabilities. Tax returns are done on a first come, first served basis. Please note services do not include tax returns with rental income/expenses or Schedule C - income from a sole proprietorship. During the 2010 tax season, 65 student volunteers were on hand to prepare in excess of 470 federal income tax returns and 539 state income tax returns.
The VITA program is held in Morison Hall, Room 101 on the Bentley campus at 175 Forest Street. It is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please note that sessions will not be held during Spring Break, March 12-21.
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 for 2010 (if available), health care provider EIN number, personal health insurance medical number, and a W-4 form or recent pay stub
The VITA Program is offered through Bentley's Service-Learning Center (BSLC), which promotes academic learning and development through service. BSLC believes that students' community involvement outside of the classroom contributes significantly to what they learn within it. All participating students are required to pass the IRS VITA certification exam before being accepted into the VITA program.
Directions to Bentley University are available by calling 781.891.2100 or on the web at http://www.bentley.edu/about/directions.
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 McCallum 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.