CSU, Chico Students Provide Free Tax-Preparation Help

Date: 02-01-2013

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico’s chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, an honorary organization for financial information students and professionals, has partnered with Community Action Agency of Butte County Inc. (CAABCI) to provide free tax-preparation services.

The tax preparation is available to anyone who earned less than $50,000 during 2012. Services on the CSU, Chico campus will be provided on Saturdays from Feb. 2 to March 30 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Bell Memorial Union. Information on additional sites and times is available by contacting CAABCI at 530-990-8951.

The free tax-preparation services are provided through partnership with the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program. The program provides online training to certify volunteers to provide tax-preparation services to those in the community who need it most. CSU, Chico will have two staff members volunteering as well as students from accounting clubs on campus.

This marks the second year that CSU, Chico has been a partner in VITA. During 2011, accounting students contacted CAABCI program manager Aaron Murphy to become a partner in the program. This will be the first year to have a site on the CSU, Chico campus organized by students.

Tax-preparation volunteers must pass tax exams at several levels. These exams are provided through the IRS Link and Learn online training site. The training, field and volunteer experience are valuable resume builders for CSU, Chico students.

“A significant component of lifelong accounting learning is hands-on work experience,” said Professor Tim Kizirian, chair of the Department of Accounting. “Chico students are special because we promote learning by doing. Upon graduation, all accounting students need to make the ‘backpacks to briefcases’ transition into the working world. Internships with accounting firms and partnerships like VITA help make for a smooth transition into the accounting profession and lead to faster advancement. VITA is just one of many examples of what makes the accounting program at Chico a very special place, and why we can boast a 100 percent career placement at high pay for our accounting majors.”

If you are interested in volunteering, contact Daniel McGrath, director of VITA-Beta Alpha Psi, at csuc.bap.vita@gmail.com  or Sue Maligie, CSU, Chico VITA site coordinator, at smaligie@csuchico.edu.

Beta Alpha Psi was founded in 1919 and has 263 chapters on college and university campuses. The organization promotes the study and practice of accounting, finance and information systems; provides opportunities for self-development, service and association among members and practicing professionals; and encourages a sense of ethical, social and public responsibility.