Law Students Volunteer to Provide Tax Assistance

Date: February 20, 2014
Media Contact:

Patti Desrochers
Director of Communications
pattid@tourolaw.edu
(631) 761-7062

Central Islip, N.Y. – Touro Law students are providing free tax help to low and moderate income community members who need help preparing their own tax returns through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA). Through this public service project, sponsored by the United States Internal Revenue Service and being overseen by Bethpage Federal Credit Union, more than 25 student volunteers have been trained and can file tax returns directly from the law school, a designated site for the program. This is the fifth year Touro Law students have participated in the project.

"This program benefits Touro Law students and members of the surrounding community,” said Touro Law Dean Patricia Salkin. “Our students are provided with the opportunity to use knowledge they learn in class, gain hands-on skills training and make a tangible difference in the community. It’s truly a great program and we are glad to again be collaborating with Bethpage Federal Credit Union to successfully provide this service in the community."

Touro Law’s VITA office, located in the William Randolph Hearst Public Advocacy Center on the second floor of the law school, will operate on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4–7 P.M. through the filing deadline in April. Touro Law students are also volunteering at Bethpage Federal Credit Union in Bay Shore and Central Islip.

Residents interested in participating in this program are asked to bring: photo identification; social security cards for individuals, spouses and family members; current year’s tax package if you received one, wage and earning statement(s) Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, from all employers; interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099); a copy of last year’s Federal and State returns if available; bank routing numbers and account numbers for direct deposit; total paid for day care; day care providers identifying number. Please note: to file taxes electronically on a married filing joint tax return, both spouses must be present.

For additional information, please contact (631) 650-2330 or email vita@tourolaw.edu.