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Penn College students help residents file 195 tax returns

Through an on-campus Volunteer Income Tax Assistance site, students in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s accounting major and the business administration: banking & finance major helped members of the Greater Williamsport community to file 195 tax returns, with a total of $238,036 in federal tax refunds and $7,135 in state tax refunds.

VITA is an IRS program that offers free basic tax return preparation to qualified individuals.

Twenty-one students provided the assistance, under the leadership of Robert M. Nolan, instructor of business administration/accounting and finance and a certified public accountant, and intern Kiran S. Singh, a Penn College accounting student from Williamsport.

Accounting and business students at Pennsylvania College of Technology provided free income tax preparation services to 195 individuals through an IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance site on campus.
Accounting and business students at Pennsylvania College of Technology provided free income tax preparation services to 195 individuals through an IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance site on campus.

The college’s VITA site was open Feb. 7 to April 5.

“This is a wonderful service for the local community and a great hands-on learning experience for our students, providing free tax preparation for fellow students and local community members that meet certain income requirements,” Nolan said. “The IRS sponsors this service and all of our students enrolled in the program get trained and certified by the IRS at the beginning of the spring semester in order to prepare tax returns. With an increase in student enrollment in the class this year, we were able to offer additional hours and prepare more returns than in years past.”

Nolan said that Singh was a “tremendous help” in managing the increased traffic.

“She assisted in every aspect of the program, from reviewing returns before I did my review to contacting all the taxpayers and scheduling them,” he said. “Not sure how I would have gotten through it this year without her help, especially with the number of returns we ended up doing – 195!”

Singh plans to graduate in December with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. She’s also pursuing minors in business analytics and communication studies.

Penn College offers an associate degree and a bachelor’s degree in accounting, as well as a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a specialization in banking and finance. All three options are available both on campus and online. To learn more, call 570-327-4505.

For information about the college, a national leader in applied technology education, email the Admissions Office or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

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