SUNY Canton Volunteers Ready to Help with Taxes

SUNY Canton student volunteers are set to help prepare taxes for their peers and low- to moderate-income North Country residents.

For the third year, students from the School of Business and Public service will be assisting with tax preparation through the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. The IRS created VITA to help taxpayers and their families who earn less than $39,000 complete their annual tax forms free of charge.

“:The VITA program has allowed us to offer our services to those who need it the most,”: said Peggy Jenkins, assistant professor of accounting and VITA program director. “:Our students also gain real-world tax preparation and valuable customer relation skills.”:

Volunteers will begin taking appointments beginning Thursday, Feb 8. Walk-ins will also be welcome from 9 to 11 a.m. each Thursday until taxes are due in Payson Room 203. The SUNY Canton Massena Education Center will also host walk-in slots from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 15 at the St. Lawrence Centre Mall. For more information or to schedule an appointment, the School of Business and Public Service at 315-386-7328 or email

The following information should be brought to an appointment:

  • This year’s tax package with all forms (W-2’s, 1099’s, etc).
  • Information for other income (taxable scholarships and grants).
  • Information for all deductions and credits (student loan interest, education credits).
  • A copy of last year’s tax return and a social security card.


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