SUNY Canton Students Offer Free Tax Return Assistance

SUNY Canton accounting students are getting hands-on work experience that will benefit the North Country community this tax season.

For the sixth 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.

Alyssa Jatsenti types on a laptop.

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

“People we’ve helped come back year after year and entrust our students with this confidential information and can attest to their professionalism,” said Peggy J. Jenkins, assistant professor of accounting at SUNY Canton. “Our students are fully qualified and certified by the IRS to do this work and enjoy helping members of the community and giving back in this simple but critical way.”

Sessions are being held on SUNY Canton’s campus in Payson Hall Room 208 when the College is in session. Student volunteers are available through April 8th at the following times:

  • Tuesdays – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Wednesdays – Noon to 6 p.m.
  • Thursdays – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Fridays – 9 a.m to 2 p.m.

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

Individuals or families needing 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 or call (315) 386-7979.

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