DelVal Students Assist Disabled Veterans with Taxes

Apr 02, 2008

As part of the ongoing United States Internal Revenue Service's VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program, which Delaware Valley College students have been participating in since late January to provide free tax-preparation assistance to area individuals, several volunteers from the DelVal group will visit Philadelphia Disabled Veterans Home at 2701 Southampton Road, Philadelphia Sunday April 6, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., to help the more than 75 United States Veterans living there complete their tax returns.

According to the Internal Revenue Service, the Veterans have not filed a return in the past, because disability is not taxable. But, in order to collect the stimulus refund that most Americans will receive in May of this year, veterans will have to file their returns.

The Opportunity Council, an organization that helps low-income working families become economically self-sufficient and manages the VITA program, put out a call for volunteers in answer to a request from Senator Patrick Murphy. Individuals are asked to help these veterans at their home, since they are disabled and are not able to visit the established VITA locations.

Delaware Valley College students scheduled to assist veterans include senior accounting majors, Cole Miller of Lititz, PA,  and Channing Perrone of Seaville, NJ, and senior Steve Kinney of Ottsville, PA, a  business administration major; juniors Paulina Faliszek of Warrington, PA, and Kevin Gouldey of Pipersville, PA, both accounting majors, and Nicole Misnik and Andrea Wolf, senior accounting majors.

The VITA program is part of the United States Internal Revenue Service's VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program. DelVal students have been trained and certified by the IRS to perform the free tax services for qualified low-income individuals and families. During the program's first three years, DelVal students have helped 419 families and households and completed $1,155,565 in refunds, earned income credits and saved service fees, saving the families more than $111,750 in provided services.