Hiram College

To help save taxpayers a little extra money this year, a group of Hiram College accounting students called the Hiram College Tax Volunteers is again partnering with the Ohio Association of Foodbanks to offer free tax filing assistance through the Ohio Benefit Bank (OBB).

Free tax filing assistance will be available to most families with an Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) of $95,000 or less and without having Schedule C, D, E and F items. Single or head of household filers will have to have an Adjusted Gross Income of $65,000 or less. The schedule restrictions for married families also applies.

“The Hiram College Tax Volunteers is not only a worthwhile way for our accounting and financial management students to gain practical experience in putting their course learning to work, but also gives them an opportunity to use their talents to give back to the community,” says Richard Mole, CPA, visiting assistant professor of accounting and financial management at Hiram College and the Volunteers’ mentor. Mole points out that the Hiram College Tax Volunteers work under the supervision of a professor from the Accounting and Financial Management Department.

All Hiram College Tax Volunteers receive training and exam certification in income tax preparation by the OBB before they are named program counselors. Hiram College has partnered with the OBB to bring this program to the public for the past five years.

To make an appointment with Hiram College Tax Volunteers, contact Dana Lyon at lyonda@hiram.edu. Appointments for tax filing are available on Saturdays through April 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hiram College’s Kennedy Center.

Students and community members interested in volunteering as OBB counselors should contact Professor Mole at 330- 569-6214 or Martin Terry, Ohio Benefit Bank program manager, at 614-221-4336, ext. 362.