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CCBC offers free tax preparation for 2011 federal and state returns
Services available to students, community and staff

Baltimore, Md., Feb. 13, 2012 – Looking for help with filing your 2011 federal and Maryland income tax returns? The Community College of Baltimore County can help.

Through the Internal Revenue Service’s IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program, CCBC accounting students, supervised by instructors, are offering free tax help. Tax preparation takes place at CCBC Catonsville, Y Building, third floor, 2–4 p.m. Wednesdays through April 11. There will be no tax preparation on April 4 during the college’s spring break.

This free service is open to CCBC students, staff as well as the community. Those seeking assistance must make less than $50,000 annually. It is a valuable service for those who can’t afford tax help and have difficulty preparing the forms on their own.

CCBC is a longtime participant in the VITA Program and uses accounting students with good grades as preparers. According to Paul Coakley, chair of CCBC’s School of Business, Social Science, Wellness and Education, it’s a win/win for everyone.

“CCBC has offered a free tax clinic and participated in the VITA Program for nearly 30 years,” says Coakley. “It has provided practical accounting experience for our students and allowed our community clients to see how their taxes are being prepared.”

So gather your records and receipts and let CCBC’s student tax preparers do the work. No appointment is needed, but returns will be processed on a first-come/first-serve basis.

For more information, call 443-840-4231.

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