Four years ago, Jonathan Court, an accounting student from Fresno State, volunteered his time at the university.
“I did it as a requirement of a club, but soon realized it pushed me into the world of tax work and I really enjoyed that,” Court said.
He never looked back, returning year after year to help low-income valley residents pay their taxes.
“It’s great knowledge for my major because tax accounting is a huge area of the accounting world,” Court added.
For the next nine weeks, you can have your taxes done for free by Fresno State accounting students. The program is offered through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program.
“We train the students on how to do taxes, and then they get the experience of sitting down with the tax preparer and doing the taxes in front of the person they benefit from,” said accounting instructor Timothy Baker. of Fresno State.
Giving IRS-certified students like Court valuable hands-on experience while benefiting the community.
“They get that discussion with the client themselves.” said Baker. “It gives the student a really good experience and he can see what it’s like on the pitch.”
Assistance is available to all taxpayers with an adjusted gross income of less than $60,000 and is available Fridays from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. until April 10.
“Being able to see the happiness on their face knowing their tax return is complete,” added Court, “The satisfaction of our clients knowing what their refund is and being able to walk out with that in mind is truly rewarding.”
Appointments are encouraged. You can call 211 or 1.866.559.4211 to schedule yours today.
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