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Notre Dame College Students Prepare Tax Returns for Low-income Residents

Notre Dame College students are offering free tax preparation for low-income Cuyahoga County residents again this year.

Students at the College are positively impacting the community by filing federal and state income tax forms for those who cannot afford account services or software packages. College students file tax returns in an effort to save residents money—not only with free tax preparation, but also with increased refunds from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

For the third year in a row, the accounting students will offer the tax preparation program to those who qualify—anyone making less than $50,000 a year.  Tax preparation is available on Thursdays from 2-6 p.m., Fridays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The tax preparation office is located in Regina Hall.

The service is a win-win for the students and the community. For the students, it is a chance to put their classroom education to work in the real world—and to the benefit of those in need. Students learn not only from the professional experience but also grow from the opportunity to give back and make a difference in their community using the skills learned at Notre Dame. And for the taxpayers, every dollar saved matters very much.

Clients must make an appointment to have their taxes prepared. To do so, they must call United Way’s 2-1-1 First Call for Help. 2-1-1 is a nationwide phone number to dial for assistance with health and human services.

Taxpayers who qualify must bring identification, any tax form sent to them—such as a W-2 or 1099, social security cards for themselves and all dependents and last year’s tax return, if the client has it. Clients can expect their appointment to last around 30 minutes.

The students, all of whom have been certified by the IRS, will provide the same kind of professional service clients would expect from any other accountant. They also have the opportunity to earn internship credit for their services. 

Notre Dame College is located at 4545 College Road in South Euclid. For further information, contact United Way’s 2-1-1 First Call for Help by dialing 2-1-1 or visiting www.211cleveland.org.

 

ABOUT NOTRE DAME COLLEGE

For 91 years, Notre Dame College has educated a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional and global responsibility. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1922, the College has grown strategically to keep pace with the rapidly changing needs of students and the dramatic changes in higher education. But it has never lost sight of its emphasis on teaching students not only how to make a good living but also how to live a good life.

Today, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master's degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. Notre Dame College offers 22 NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women and is located in a picturesque residential neighborhood just 25 minutes from the heart of Cleveland. Highlights of the Notre Dame experience include stimulating academics, personalized attention of dedicated faculty and staff and small class sizes.

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