ESU Accounting Students and United Way Team Up To Provide Free Tax Preparation Services
Students majoring in accounting at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania are partnering with the United Way of Monroe County to provide free tax preparation assistance through a program sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). This Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program will be offered at the following three locations beginning Monday, February 4 through April 15, 2019. Income-eligible taxpayers, those who do not earn more than $54,000 per year and who do not have rental or self-employment income, are able to obtain free tax assistance, including free preparation and filing of their personal tax returns.
Locations for VITA Tax Service Assistance:
- The new Pocono Alliance office in Stroudsburg (301 McConnell Street)
- The United Way of Monroe County office in Tannersville (135 Warner Road)
- The Mountain Center in Tobyhanna (5800 Memorial Boulevard)
Appointments are required and may be made by calling Lucas DeBartolo, administrative and project officer and IRS VITA program coordinator, at 570-629-5657 ext. 117. No walk-ins will be accepted.
According to Dr. Sylvester Williams, dean of ESU’s College of Business and Management, this partnership has a very important place in our community. “The United Way of Monroe County has a strong history of making an impact for positive change as they address the issues of hunger and homelessness among our neighbors. Their organization has been a catalyst for mobilizing community resources to care for those in need. East Stroudsburg University brings 125 years of service-oriented leadership through education and by supporting community initiatives. This partnership leverages the United Way’s ability for mobilizing volunteers and ESU’s accounting students, who bring their top-tier accounting and tax accounting education to benefit low-income taxpayers. This service offers ESU students majoring in accounting an opportunity to apply their knowledge, interact with clients and learn how to use IRS-provided software. This is an excellent way for these students to gain additional real-world business experience.”