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Free Tax Preperation Help at Mount Saint Mary College

Feb 10th, 2011 | By | Category: Featured Articles

Free tax preparation help Mount Saint Mary College students participate in IRS VITA program

Local individuals with low to moderate incomes (generally $49,000 or less) who need help with their tax forms can request free income tax preparation assistance through the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

Mount Saint Mary College students have teamed up with PathStone Community Improvement of Newburgh to provide the service.  The college volunteers are David Mirro of Hicksville,  Brittany Shatwell and Kashmira Bhagwandeen of Middletown, Lauren Arneth of Chester, Marc Curry of Carmel, Christopher Rollin of Otisville and Marco Crescimanni of Selden.

Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) notes that “Seniors and low to moderate income members of the Newburgh community are getting the help they need with their taxes this year thanks to these seven students.  In volunteering their time and energy with PathStone, they are making a significant difference in the lives of those in need.  I commend this organization and these fine individuals for all of their efforts.”

The accounting program at the Mount offers a sequence of specialized instruction in accounting theory, cost management, budgeting, auditing, taxation, accounting systems and accounting as a management tool.

The volunteers also completed 16 hours of on-line training plus a full day of on-site training with IRS representative Patricia Faulkner from Albany.  All returns will be reviewed by Fletcher of PathStone before they are finalized.

Mount Saint Mary College VITA Assistance Program

Madeline Fletcher, Esq., (right) executive director of PathStone, with Mount Saint Mary College students. From left: Marc Curry, Christopher Rollin, David Mirro, Brittany Shatwell and Kashmira Bhagwandeen.

Mount Saint Mary College faculty James Gearity, chair of the business program, Louis P. Fortunato, CPA, and Tracy Niemotko, JD, CPA, CFE,  along with Kathleen O’Keefe, Career Center internship coordinator, worked with Madeline Fletcher, Esq., executive director of PathStone, to develop the opportunity.

More than 60 percent of the Mount’s 2,700 students volunteer in the field as part of coursework, or through clubs.

The IRS VITA site in Newburgh is located at Center for Hope, 280 Broadway.  To schedule an appointment, call 845-569-0770.

Ranked a Top-Tier Regional University (North) by U.S. News & World Report,  Mount Saint Mary College also offers rigorous courses of study for careers in health professions, psychology, social services and liberal arts.  The college will hold an Open House on February 20 at the campus at 330 Powell Avenue. For further information see


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