Latinos Get Free Tax Preparation Assistance

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BARUCH COLLEGE STUDENTS VOLUNTEER TO PREPARE TAX RETURNS

IRS-Certified Students to Provide Public Service for the Community

NEW YORK, NY, Jan. 27, 2011 – Thanks to a student led organization, Spanish speakers who face a language or financial barrier when it comes to filing their taxes need not worry. Starting on Friday, February 4th the Baruch Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program will provide tax preparation assistance with interpreters through Friday, April 15th.

Services are free and no appointments are necessary. Particular locations offer E-filing services, weekend hours and interpreters for the following languages: Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish, Russian and Korean. See complete list.

“I can personally relate to many of the clients who use our service,” says Dennis Wang ’11, President of VITA at Baruch College. “My parents were immigrants to the United States and knew little English so they both worked for little pay. Asking them to pay $75 or more for an accountant was not feasible on our budget, but filing their taxes was the only way to get our refund. Looking back, this would have been a great service for us.”

The VITA tax program kicks off at Baruch College, 151 East 25th Street (between Lexington and Third Avenue), a reliable location for interviews and video footage for your news story. Tax preparers will be on the job Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, noon to 8 pm; Friday, noon to 7 pm and Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm.

VITA was created by the IRS in 1969, and Baruch VITA was established in the early 1990's. Most Baruch tax volunteers are majoring in Finance or Accountancy. They will prepare federal tax forms 1040 and 1040A and New York State tax forms IT 201 and IT 150, as well as all accompanying schedules.

The VITA tax program welcomes everyone, but is specifically aimed at immigrant and low-income New Yorkers who may not be able to afford the service or face language barriers. Last year Baruch VITA volunteers prepared more than 6,600 returns for clients.

What: Baruch College Income Tax Assistance

When: Begins Friday, February 4th

12 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Where: 151 East 25th Street New York, NY 10010

For more information or to obtain press passes, please contact:

Mercedes Sanchez. (646) 660-6112, mercedes.sanchez@baruch.cuny.edu

BARUCH COLLEGE VITA – 2011 LOCATIONS AND HOURS

Baruch College *Limited E-file services

151 East 25th Street, New York, NY 10010

Hours of Operation:

Tuesday to Thursday 12PM to 8PM

Friday 12PM to 7PM

Saturday 10AM to 4PM

English, Spanish, Chinese

New York Chinese Community Center - Chinatown, NYC

62 Mott Street, 2nd floor, New York, NY 10013

Hours of Operation:

Saturday & Sunday 10AM to 5PM

*By appointment only - Visit CCBA to schedule an appointment

Languages available: Chinese (Mandarin & Cantonese), English

FOCUS Community Access Center - Flushing, Queens

136-20 38th Avenue, Suite 10J, Flushing, NY 11354

Hours of Operation:

Saturday & Sunday 10AM to 5PM

Languages available: Chinese (Mandarin & Cantonese), English

Hamilton Fish Park Library - Lower East Side *E-file

415 East Houston Street, New York, NY 10002

Hours of Operation:

Saturday 10AM to 5PM

Languages available: English, Spanish

Kingsbay YM-YWHA - Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn

3043 Avenue W, 1st floor, Brooklyn, NY 11229

Hours of Operation:

Saturday 1PM to 6PM

Languages available: English, Russian

New Locations:

Korean Community Services - Flushing, Queens *E-file

35-56 159th Street, Flushing, NY 11358

Hours of Operation:

Sunday 10AM to 5PM

Languages available: Korean, English

Chinese American Planning Council (CPC) - Brooklyn *E-file

4101 8th Avenue, 4th FL., Brooklyn, NY 11232

Hours of Operation:

Sunday: 10AM to 5PM

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