Posts Tagged 'community service'

2012 Fisher Tax Clinic is a success

I recently received an email from Prof Bill Raabe. In addition to being the lead tax instructor in the Fisher MAcc program, he also founded the Fisher Tax Clinic about ten years ago. The Fisher Tax Clinic provides free tax preparation services to low-income taxpayers living and working in the Columbus metro area. Below is the note I received from him:

We had a very good year again, and this group of students were dedicated and professional in their work.  The leadership group outdid themselves in working with clients to follow-up unresolved issues and resolve them.  Our “error rate” remained among the lowest in the city.  Overall a great success for Fisher and the Columbus economy.  Thanks to the department for continued financial and moral support!

Project leaders included Fiona Pan (MAcc Council President), Jeff Howard (MAcc Council VP Community Service), Alyssa Charron (MAcc Council Webmaster), and Tax Clinic site managers Mariam Sanogo, Winnie Quick, Sarah Vosler, Jon Dahlin, Alex Curtis, and Marina Ramos.

2012 Summary of Results

Total volunteers – 73 Fisher plus 1 MBA grad from Nationwide, working 11 sessions with clients on Fridays and Saturdays

Time spent on site (including training): 1,114 hours

Value of Fisher volunteer time onsite at Godman Guild: $224,750

Value of net refunds paid to clients $452,283  (vs 2011 – $447,000)

Number of Godman Guild client tax returns completed 298  (vs 2011 – 257)

It is heartening to see so many students contribute their valuable skills, knowledge, and time to help those less fortunate in the community. Congratulations to all Fisher students who assisted with the 2012 Fisher Tax Clinic!

MAcc Gives Back, 2011 edition

The MAcc class of 2011, with the support of the MAcc AssociationDeloitte, KPMG, and the Fisher AMIS Department, participated in MAcc Gives Back last Friday. MAcc Gives Back is an annual community service project where students, faculty, staff, and local professionals from the accounting industry (most, if not all, of them Fisher MAcc alumni), helped at a handful of local not-for-profit organizations. This year, MAcc Gives Back helped out at Ronald McDonald House, Goodwill, Elam Environmental Center, Habitat ReStore, MidOhio Foodbank, and Eldon Ward YMCA.

After working in teams on site at these locations all morning, everyone reconvened outside of Gerlach Hall for a well-deserved lunch. It was a lot of fun getting to know and working with everyone outside of Gerlach Hall – and all for a good cause. We look forward to next year’s MAcc Gives Back!

In addition to the photos posted above, additional photos are posted here and here.

Ohio State Tax Clinic Helps Families and Boosts Economy

Fisher MAcc students help out with Volunteer Income Tax Assistance/Ohio State Tax Clinic each year. According to the IRS:

The IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) and the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) Programs offer free tax help for taxpayers who qualify … trained community volunteers may help with special credits, such as Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled. In addition to free tax return preparation assistance, most sites also offer free electronic filing (e-filing). Individuals taking advantage of the e-file program will receive their refunds in half the time compared to returns filed on paper – even faster when tax refunds are deposited directly into one’s bank account.

The VITA Program at Fisher offers free tax help to low- to moderate-income people who cannot prepare their own tax returns. Fisher MAcc students are certified volunteers by going through training to help prepare basic tax returns in the Columbus area. Check out the video clip below for some first hand comments from current Fisher MAcc students on their experience helping the community.

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