IRS Praises Oswego’s Tax Assistance Program

The Internal Revenue Service visited SUNY Oswego’s student-run Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program at Hamilton Homes in Oswego and gave it a perfect site review. VITA provides income tax assistance to low- and moderate-income households in the Oswego and Fulton areas.

Andrea Zielinski Pagano ’07 M’08, assistant visiting professor of accounting, oversees the program as faculty coordinator. Volunteers from Beta Alpha Psi, a chapter of the national honor accounting society, operate and support the program.

Field site visits by the IRS evaluate the site’s overall adherence to quality site requirements and volunteer standards of conduct. The Hamilton Homes site met
all 10 of the quality site requirements.

In addition to the Hamilton Homes site, the college’s VITA volunteers offer their services at SUNY Oswego’s School of Business and at the county office build­ing in Fulton. Earlier this year, the organization Recognizing Oswego County named Oswego’s VITA program as its Community Champion of the month for February.

– Staff Report

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