Through 10 one-day Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) clinics, 17 Hofstra Law students in the Tax Law Society filed more than 175 tax returns and secured $35,176 in earned income tax (refundable) credits for their clients.
Volunteering on Sundays and Wednesday nights, Hofstra Law students prepared tax returns for low-income, disabled, elderly and limited-English-speaking taxpayers. In addition, the students worked with the Law School administration and the IRS to ensure compliance, and promoted the program to the local community. The students also received IRS-mandated training on campus.
“There is a great need for free tax-preparation services for low-income taxpayers, and I am proud that Hofstra Law is able to provide such necessary services to the greater Long Island community,” said Laura Robbins 3L, vice president of the Tax Law Society. “It has been an honor to be on the leadership team that enabled this program to succeed.”
The VITA clinic has grown significantly over the past few years, more than tripling its filings compared to the previous year.
About the Tax Law Society
The Tax Law Society enables future attorneys who are interested in financially related legal fields to network with current professionals, as well as one another, in order to gain insight and promote career development. The Society also assists the community through such initiatives as the IRS-sponsored VITA program, where students help prepare tax returns for low-income individuals in a pro bono capacity.