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International students offered free tax filing help

March 1, 2006

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University's chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, a national honorary accounting fraternity, is providing free preparation of 2005 federal and Michigan income tax returns for international student.

The service is being offered on campus in conjunction with the Internal Revenue Service's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.

All tax assistance sessions are being held in Schneider Hall. The dates, times and locations for the remaining sessions are: March 9, 4 to 6 p.m., Room 1145; March 14, 6 to 10 p.m., Room 1155; and March 23, 4 to 6 p.m., Room 1145.

International students seeking free tax return help are required to make reservations in advance by signing up in the Department of Accountancy, Room 3190 Schneider Hall. They must bring the following items with them at their reserved time: 2005 W-2 forms; passports; any scholarship, fellowship, or graduate assistantship information received from their departments; and the tax booklets they received from the IRS and state of Michigan.

Returns will not be prepared for years other than 2005 or for students who have e-trade accounts, businesses, income from outside of Michigan or have not reserved an appointment.

Beta Alpha Psi has been involved in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program for more than 25 years. The program gives the students an opportunity to put their tax knowledge to use to benefit members of the University community. Student volunteers complete an individual tax accounting course and receive supplementary training before engaging in the program.

For more information, contact the Department of Accountancy at (269) 387-5210.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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