Experiential / Reality-based Learning / March 13, 2018

Smith Students Providing Tax Filing Assistance

For the fourth consecutive year, students of the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business are preparing income tax returns for UMD students and staff, as well as individuals from the surrounding community.

Smith’s Master Service Club has been providing the service from 6-9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, in 3505 Van Munching Hall. 

The club, comprised of undergraduates and graduate students, is serving as an IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance chapter. Accordingly, the service is designed to serve low-to-mid-income individuals and families, the elderly, students and persons with disabilities. Tax filers with incomes in 2017 under $54,000 are eligible for the service at UMD.

For the participating students, “the tax-filing assistance is a realistic work experience, as the program operates just a like a CPA firm’s tax department,” says accounting lecturer Samuel Handwerger, who helps guide the project. “Student volunteers take on various roles such as tax preparer and quality tax reviewer.”

The service runs through April 11, 2018, including through UMD’s spring break. Appointments are recommended. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call 240-516-6301 or 240-516-6270, email vita@mslc-vita.org.

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About the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business

The Robert H. Smith School of Business is an internationally recognized leader in management education and research. One of 12 colleges and schools at the University of Maryland, College Park, the Smith School offers undergraduate, full-time and flex MBA, executive MBA, online MBA, business master’s, PhD and executive education programs, as well as outreach services to the corporate community. The school offers its degree, custom and certification programs in learning locations in North America and Asia.

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