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SUNY Canton Volunteer Tax Prep Services Expand Off Campus

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

SUNY Canton Accounting students will be offering free tax return preparation for the community and have expanded to off-campus locations in Canton and Massena.

For the fifth straight year, students will be working with the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program to help low- and moderate-income individuals and families prepare their taxes.

Alissa Jatsenti, a 2009 SUNY Canton Accounting graduate from Canton, helps Nursing Professor Emeritus Mary Jane Doelger prepare her taxes as part of the VITA Program.

The qualifying income bracket for participants is a gross income below $49,000, according to the IRS. Students from SUNY Canton serve as VITA volunteers to increase their own tax preparation skills and help community members learn to file their own taxes.

“We emphasize confidentiality and require a high-level of professionalism,” said Assistant Professor of Accounting Peggy J. Jenkins. “Our fully-qualified and IRS certified students have practiced their preparation skills and are ready to help. We are offering our services at more locations with the hopes of helping more people than ever before.”

Caitlyn Coelho, an Accounting major from Ogdensburg, and Assistant Professor of Accounting Peggy Jenkins help Amado Menna, an Information Technology major from the Bronx, prepare his taxes at SUNY Canton.

Student volunteers will be available when the college is in session in Payson Hall Room 208 until April 8th at the following times:

  • Mondays – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Tuesdays – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Wednesdays – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Thursdays – 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Assistance will also be available off campus from:

  • 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 5, and Friday, March 5, at the One-Stop Career Center in Canton.
  • 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, and Friday, March 12, at the Massena Unemployment Office.

Appointments are strongly encouraged and are required for military and foreign student returns.

Individuals or families who would like assistance must bring all W2 forms, the previous year’s tax returns and all other pertinent documents with them at the time of their appointment. For more information, contact Jenkins at jenkinsp@canton.edu or call (315) 386-7979.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.


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IRS Agents to help Students Solve Accounting Mystery at SUNY Canton

Monday, April 6th, 2009

Adrian ProjectOnly an accountant could have caught noted gangster Al Capone, according to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Some of the best financial investigators in the world will be helping approximately 40 SUNY Canton students get a chance to solve a financial mystery. The IRS will be presenting Adrian Jr., a hands-on workshop for college students interested in accounting, business, and criminal justice career paths at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 17, in SUNY Canton’s Payson Hall Room 219.

The event was orchestrated by Accounting Instructor Christa Kelson, who said the workshop is a valuable career-building experience for her students.

“Many of my students are interested in this area of accounting,” Kelson said. “Studies have indicated that white-collar crime increases during tough economic times, so our students are involved in a hands-on workshop that is both timely and topical.”

The students are divided into groups to solve a hypothetical financial crime involving a business owner who is skimming money. Each group of students is assigned to an experienced IRS Special Agent who coaches them and provides learning points during the exercise, but it’s up to the students to follow the paper trail and expose the fraud. “Our students will be working with some of the best financial investigators in the world,” Kelson said.

Kelson is also offering a Forensic Accounting course this semester, and noted how well the Adrian Project fit in with the hands-on aspects of her class.

In a group setting, the student agents will investigate the evidence and interact with their coach, while learning what it takes to become a financial investigator. Students also may encounter an anonymous informant, a local law enforcement officer or potential witnesses, played by special agents, certified public accountants and other volunteers. At the end of the workshop, the groups join together to convince the lead instructor that they have enough evidence to pursue an undercover operation.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 100 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

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SUNY Canton Accounting Students Volunteer to Prepare Taxes

Friday, January 30th, 2009

SUNY Canton Accounting students are volunteering to help low- and moderate-income members of the North Country community prepare their taxes.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) created the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program to help individuals and families prepare their taxes. This is the fourth year that SUNY Canton has participated in the program.

“The students have really taken the lead with this program and they want to see it continue its success,” said Peggy Jenkins, Assistant Professor of Accounting. “They will be using their experiences with the VITA program to help prepare for their future careers.”

The qualifying income bracket for participants is a gross income below $45,000, according to the IRS. Students from SUNY Canton serve as VITA volunteers to increase their own tax preparation skills and help community members learn to do their own taxes and help others file theirs in years to come. “Our students are well versed in both customer service and confidentiality,” Jenkins said.

Students will be available to assist with taxes on Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. when the college is in session until April 15 in the SUNY Canton Accounting and Business Lab, Payson Hall Room 203.

Individuals or families who would like assistance must bring all W2 forms, the previous year’s tax returns and all other pertinent documents with them at the time of their appointment. For more information, contact Jenkins at jenkinsp@canton.edu or call the SUNY Canton Business Lab at (315) 379-3880.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 100 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

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