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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

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.”

Peggy Jenkins reviews tax info with students.

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.


2009 SUNY Canton Graduate Snaps Up Awards for Excellent Imagery

Friday, June 26th, 2009

Alissa Jatsenti has a mind for numbers and an eye for photography.

Alissa Jatsenti's untitled-floral photograph was included in the Best of SUNY Exhibit in Albany.

Alissa Jatsenti's untitled-floral photograph was included in the Best of SUNY Exhibit in Albany.

The 2009 SUNY Canton graduate has won several awards for her academic excellence within the college’s Accounting program, and has begun picking up more recognitions for her keen creativity.

One of Jatsenti’s photographs was recently selected for the Best of SUNY Exhibit, which runs until September 25 at the SUNY Plaza in Albany. The State University of New York judges selected one of her colorful floral creations, which is representative of her ongoing series of macro, or close-up images.

Alissa Jatsenti's “Golden Fields” photo won the St. Lawrence County Land Trust monthly image contest in March.

Alissa Jatsenti's “Golden Fields” photo won the St. Lawrence County Land Trust monthly image contest in March.

“Some of my macro work combines abstract or an ‘out-in-the-space’ feel,” she said. “It is somewhat challenging to take these photographs, but the results are almost always amazing. Each flower is so different, and it is thrilling to see each one’s personality and defining characteristics.”

Jatsenti also won the St. Lawrence County Land Trust monthly image contest in March with her photo “Golden Fields” The St. Lawrence Land trust owns a group page on www.flickr.com that allows area photographers to contribute and display their images. Jatsenti became involved with the group and encouraged her peer photographers in the Graphic and Multi-Media Design courses to contribute their work.

According to Business and Liberal Arts Dean Linda A. Heilman, “Our students can opt to engage in cross-curricular studies between business and the arts, leading to a very well-rounded education.”

Jatsenti immigrated to the North Country after graduating from high school in her hometown of Tallinn, Estonia, and now resides in Canton. She was a student leader in the Internal Revenue Service’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. She received the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence, a Clarkson Transfer scholarship, and an American Association of University Women scholarship this year.

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. Construction is now underway for the College’s new Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center.

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.

SUNY Canton Volunteers Ready to Help with Taxes

Tuesday, February 6th, 2007

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 jenkinsp@canton.edu.

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.