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2011 Accounting Footnotes

Students Volunteer Hours for Income Tax Assistance

April 7 was our last session for preparing student tax returns this year.  Our students put in 179 hours of work and we prepared 190 student tax returns.  This total includes approximately 10 members of the WKU staff, who qualified for our services based on their income levels.  The spring 2010 numbers were 175 hours and 206 returns.  We got behind early this year because of some of the bad weather and never caught back up.

VITAWe used four computer work stations and we had at least four student workers each night.  On some nights the extra student worker would serve as a greeter.  The greeters welcome the students as they come in, sign them up for either the current night or a future night, and generally free me up to better supervise the preparers. 

My ACCT 431 (Business Taxation) students all seemed to enjoy it.  All worked multiple sessions.  I think the 431 students not only get some practical experience in preparing tax returns, but they learn to work and interact with the public.  They also seem to get a good feeling for helping their fellow students.  I think it is a win/win for both the preparers and their student "clients."

We also had fourteen workers who are not currently in my 431 class.  Five had not taken a tax class yet but worked as greeters and received Beta Alpha Psi credit for their work.  Nine had had Dr. Wade's tax class (including six who took 431 last fall) and volunteered to work as preparers.  These preparers were also eligible to receive credit hours for Beta Alpha Psi.

Thanks to all of the faculty for being patient during the last several weeks.  I hope the sessions did not cause too much distraction for you.

From Richard Callahan

 

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