BOSTON, March 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As the April 15 tax deadline nears, the Bunker Hill Community College Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program has opened for the 36th consecutive year on the Charlestown Campus. Under the program, volunteers are available Tuesdays through Saturdays to assist taxpayers with federal and state income tax returns. The program, free of charge, is for taxpayers earning up to $58,000 per year.
Volunteers in the College VITA program are advanced accounting students who have passed a course in Federal Income Taxation, earned certification by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and taken additional training from the Massachusetts Department of Revenue. The IRS this year recognized the College program for more than three decades of service to taxpayers.
"This program gives our students an opportunity to really make a difference in the community while also putting to use the skills they have acquired while studying at the College," said Meghan Naim, VITA Coordinator. "We have gained a reputation in the Boston area for being a resource for tax assistance, and we have many repeat customers." The program assists more than 2,500 taxpayers per year. The VITA program will run until April 19, 2011. Hours of service and more information are available at www.bhcc.mass.edu/vita.
Bunker Hill Community College is the largest community college in Massachusetts. The College enrolls more than 12, 500 students on two campuses and at four satellite locations. BHCC is one of the most diverse institutions of higher education in Massachusetts. Six in ten students are people of color and more than half of BHCC's students are women. The College also enrolls more than 700 international students who come from more than 90 countries and speak 75 different languages
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