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Get Help with Your Taxes March 4 & 18 from ESM Accounting Students

ESM accounting students will once again be among the volunteers offering free basic tax preparation for qualifying taxpayers through the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Partnering with PEACE, Inc., ESM students will volunteer for tax preparation on Saturday, March 4 and March 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Shoppingtown Mall in the Sears wing near Mall entrance #6 from the Sears parking garage. The service is open to all qualified taxpayers, including those in the ESM School District.

Students became certified to do basic tax preparation for the IRS under the VITA program by working with ESM accounting teacher Jami Mock and will be assisted by staff members at CORE Federal Credit Union.

ESM High School students are the first in Central New York to participate in the VITA program through PEACE, Inc. The program offers free tax preparation help for filers with overall household income of $54,000 or less a year and is designed for basic returns—those without complex tax issues like military pay, self-employment, rental income, etc.

In addition to 10 ESM accounting students and Ms. Mock, there will be five CORE FCU staff members volunteering their time. Three of the CORE employees are ESM graduates, and two of them were former supervisors of the ESM student-run Spartan Branch of the Credit Union.

“It’s a nice mix of students. This isn’t a specific class where the students were told they were embarking on this project, but students interested in accounting, who volunteered to step up, learn the skill set, get certified or re-certified and offer their services to the community,” said Bill Sweeney, CORE CEO.

The VITA program prefers taxpayers to make appointments for help, rather than walk-in. Call
315-634-3756 for an appointment or more information or visit  http://www.peace-caa.org/
programs-services/individuals-families-services/taxes/
for more details and dates. PEACE, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to changing lives by teaching people how to help themselves and support those around them.



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