Accounting students offer free tax service


Accounting students in the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University will offer free income tax assistance to all SU students, faculty, and staff on Friday, March 1st, Friday, March 22nd and Friday, April 5th. This service, provided by the Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) Tax Assistance group, will answer questions that cover non-complicated individual federal and New York state tax returns that can generally be filed on IRS short forms (1040 EZ or 1040A). Taxpayers can then file their returns independently using free e-filing services offered through various organizations. Individuals who have income from employment (reported on Form W-2), as well as interest and dividends, are welcome to seek assistance.

The BAP Tax Assistance group will be in the Flaum Grand Hall located in the Whitman Building on March 1st and 22, offering their services on a walk-in basis between 9am and 3pm. On April 5, the service will be available at the Southside Innovation Center (SSIC). Assistance in the SSIC on that date is by appointment only and can be scheduled by calling (315) 443-8466. 

The service is for taxpayers that may need a little extra help figuring out their taxes. “Tax season is a difficult time for everyone,” says Mitch Franklin, assistant professor of accounting in the Whitman School. “This program allows students to put to action all of the information they are learning in their classes to help out their fellow colleagues and the Syracuse community.”

Questions can be directed to Ashley Herrick, student officer in charge of the program at aaherric@syr.edu .