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Students Help Complete Tax Returns

Thursday, February 11, 2010


Plattsburgh, New York……For the first time, Clinton Community College is offering a new internship opportunity for students who have successfully completed Principles of Accounting II. Students enrolled in Terri Cummings’ Tax Internship are experiencing first hand what it’s like to prepare Federal and state tax returns for people in the community. Accounting majors Bernice St. Dennis and Dave Rabideau, and Paul Lorey IV, a Business Administration major, have gone through 30 hours of intense training, (6 classes at 5 hours per class) and passed three tests in order to be certified to prepare tax returns for people who wish assistance with their personal income tax returns. Cummings not only ensures her students take advantage of the internship offered by the IRS, AARP and VITA, she joins them and volunteers her time and expertise as well. The four volunteers work at the Senior Center in Plattsburgh preparing Federal, New York and Vermont state returns free of charge. As part of the program students are required to work a minimum of 10 hours a week.

Cummings, associate professor Business and Accounting, said she first did tax returns at the Plattsburgh AFB in a similar program when she was an accounting student at SUNY Plattsburgh in the 1980s. She has continued to encourage her students to take part in the program.

“They love it,” she said, “and the volunteer work looks good on their résumés.”

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