Thirteen Bluefield State College Accounting Club students and two BSC accounting faculty donated 330 hours and prepared approximately 350 income tax returns to area residents through this year's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service.
In addition to federal income tax returns, and state tax returns from West Virginia and Virginia, VITA volunteers also assisted in the preparation California, North Carolina, Illinois, Ohio, and New York state returns.
The BSC VITA volunteers offered free tax assistance throughout February, March, and April (until the April 15 filing deadline). "Volunteers alerted taxpayers to special credits and deductions with items like credit for the elderly and sale of residence," William Goodman, BSC associate professor of accounting, noted.
"Our students enjoy the satisfaction of helping others, and many people find this service very meaningful because it helps them to complete their tax returns in a way that's comfortable for them," added William Bradberry, BSC assistant professor of accounting.
Student volunteers included Jennifer Cannady, Mike Crum, Michelle Forrest, Kim Hagy, Tricia Higginbotham, Cynthia Higgins, Melissa Johnson, Anita Kennedy, Monica Little, Sibyl Martin, Kris Syres, Janela Walkup, and Susan Brooks.
"These students worked hard and made a great contribution to the College's relations with the community," Goodman observed. "They also put classroom skills to work in a 'real world' type environment."