Move over H & R Block. With the annual rite of spring – tax time – closer than we think, bleary-eyed taxpayers can get some relief by taking advantage of the first ever IMA (Institute of Management Accountants) Hiram College Chapter tax clinic and let some real accountants help out.
“This is the first time we will be conducting a clinic on our campus,” said James Senary, visiting instructor of accounting, who is the adviser for the 50-member IMA campus chapter. “Our members have helped out in clinics in other places in previous years. ”
The clinic, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, February 4, in the main floor lounge of the Kennedy Center, will be open for the public to get assistance filling out their 1040 tax forms. Students will also be assisting tax payers at other sites around the county and region up until April 15. More than 35 students, mostly accounting, management and sociology majors are participating in the clinic this year, in partnership with Ohio Benefits Bank (OBB). OBB a public-private partnership of the Office of Governor, the Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks (OASHF) and Ohio’s foodbanks as well as over 1,100 faith-based, nonprofit, governmental and private partners, provides food, housing, financial and other assistance to low-income individuals and families across the state.
For an appointment with the on-campus tax-preparers, interested taxpayers should contact Senary at 330-569-6214.
Senary said last year 30 Hiram students participated and helped clients gain $130,995 through the federal returns, $5,360 returned to clients through state returns, and $46,828 returned to clients through earned income credit on federal returns.
“This is great experience for our students,” Senary said. “And a great resource for folks in the area who might be struggling and need assistance.”