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Bentley College Students To Provide Free Tax Preparation Assistance

January 26, 1999


WALTHAM, Mass. -- In cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, Bentley College students will provide free tax help to people who cannot afford paid professional assistance. From February 10 through April 3 (except for the week of March 8)- on Wednesdays (5:00 to 8:00 p.m.) and Saturdays (10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.)- trained Bentley volunteers will assist taxpayers with forms 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ. Appointments are recommended; however, walk-ins are welcome and will be assisted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Now in its 27th year of service to taxpayers, VITA is a voluntary program sponsored by the IRS. In 1995, in excess of 51,000 VITA volunteers assisted nearly 1.6 million taxpayers at more than 8,600 sites. This is Bentley's first year of participation.

Each taxpayer is required to bring all relevant forms- such as this year's W-2, 1099 for interest and/or social security benefits, and a copy of last year's tax return- to the Bentley site (Morison Hall 101) on the scheduled date. Federal and state forms will be provided. Each taxpayer is solely responsible for the information on his/her tax return; Bentley volunteers will not be personally liable. No records or copies of tax returns will be kept by Bentley.

Non-profit organizations interested in scheduling a block of time (and transportation) for their constituents, or individual citizens who would like to schedule an appointment, should contact the Bentley College Service Learning Center as soon as possible at 781/891-2773.

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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