Students get tax help

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By Sandy Chronopolous

RyeSAC is offering students some free advice to make tax season a little less painful.

Students got their taxes prepared for free by student volunteers Monday in the first of four clinics to be held on campus.

Vladimir Vasilko, RyeSAC’s v.p. Development and finance, reinstated the program last year after a five-year hiatus with help from the university’s Business Students Association.

“I liked the idea and saw its potential,” Vasilko said of the service, which cost RyeSAC $2,500.

“It has worked out really well.”

Most of the 80 volunteer tax advisors—who were all trained by Revenue Canada—are accounting students, with 30 to 40 working in the clinics at any given time. The volunteers expect to fill out a couple hundred student tax forms, but the clinics are also open to students’ families and community members. A charactered accountant and three senior business students are also on hand to answer any questions.

Vasilko said the service is “a win-win situation.” The students get their taxes done for free while the volunteers gain experience in their field.

Students can sign up for an appointment at the RyeSAC office. The remaining clinics will take place March 8 in the Olive Baker Lounge and March 13 and 15 in A60, the lounge across from the RyeSAC office.

Students are asked to donate a non-perishable food item in exchange for their finished tax form.

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