Touro Law’s VITA Program Benefits Community Members

Date: May 30, 2012
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Patti Desrochers
Director of Communications
(631) 761-7062

Central Islip, NY – For the third consecutive year, Touro Law Center students have participated in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program. Through the program, sponsored by the United States Internal Revenue Service and overseen by Bethpage Federal Credit Union, students were trained as volunteers to offer free tax help to low- to moderate-income community members who cannot prepare their own tax returns.

This year, the students prepared 92 Federal and State tax returns, helping to secure $22,148 in Earned Income Tax Credit, $8,615 in Total Child Tax Credit, $7,055 in Total Education Credit and $88,245 in total returns for community members.

“Our students have done great work in performing a truly valuable service for community members. I am particularly pleased to report that many of these clients would not have been able to obtain the amount of money they did without our help. These refunds are important to them as they are low-to moderate-income families,” said Thomas Maligno, Director of Public Service and Executive Director of the William Randolph Hearst Public Advocacy Center at Touro Law. “This program is a wonderful example of collaboration between dedicated students and local business working together for the benefit of the local community.”

This year Touro Law Center was a designated VITA site. Students worked out of the law school and offices at Bethpage Federal Credit Union to assist community members.