Every spring, the College of Business and Economics partners with The Baltimore Cash Campaign to offer free federal and Maryland state income tax preparation services to low income individuals and families.
The campaign works towards helping working families in the Baltimore region maximize their financial opportunities and resources. The service provided ensures that clients benefit from Earned Income Tax Credit, while avoiding the high costs of paid tax preparers. Free services are provided to single taxpayers with incomes under $25,000 and families with combined incomes below $49,000.
Under the coordination of Dr. Melissa Groves, Department of Economics, students serve an integral role in the facilitation of services. The program, now in its second year, gives students the opportunity to apply their classroom knowledge, while gaining valuable experience as tax preparers and site managers to working communities.
Students are needed to servce as tax preparers and site managers. To volunteer students must successfully complete the IRS tax training program and be willing to commit 20-90 hours of service.
Volunteers are needed to serve as tax preparers and/or mentors for the student site managers. Prior experience with tax preparation is not necessary for volunteers or mentors.
Tax prep volunteers and site managers must successfully complete a free two-day tax training during the month of January and be available for at least two of the Saturday scheduled tax prep dates during the months of February, March, and April. The IRS tax training and tax preparation take place in Stephens Hall.
Please help us by volunteeringand/or by spreading the word to your family, colleagues and friends.
For more information contact:
Dr. Melissa Groves
Stephens Hall 101C
The tax prep program is supported in part by funding from the Bank of America Foundation. We thank the Bank of America Foundation for their generous support.
"By partnering with Towson on their VITA site, we are creating educational and leadership opportunities for students, who can use these new skills to work with the community to build and retain their assets. Overall this will improve the community's economic vitality," says Brooke Hodges, S.V.P. & Manager, Greater Baltimore Community Relations, Bank of America.