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Franklin University Participates in Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program for Fourth Year!

Columbus, OH (February 3, 2017)

Franklin University, a leader in educating working adults, is proud to announce it continued participation in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program.  In its fourth year of participation, Franklin will again serve as site host and provide staffing to help individuals who make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers in the central Ohio community prepare their tax returns.

According to the National Society of Accountants, the cost to file income taxes falls anywhere between free of charge if the filer prepares their taxes themselves up to several hundred dollars (with an average cost of $273) if a tax preparation service is used.

Through this United Way effort, during last year’s tax season, the Franklin University VITA program assisted 187 clients and successfully helped those clients claim $201,807 in refunds, and an estimated $37,400 in preparation fees!

Helping with this year’s involvement, the University is proud to have Jessica Oberle, a Franklin University accounting and forensic accounting alumna serve as site director for the Franklin VITA site. Staffing will be provided by 14 Franklin student volunteers and participation oversight will be provided by Dr. Martina Peng, Department Chair of the Accounting, Finance and Economics in the Ross College of Business.

The Franklin University VITA site is located at Phillips Hall, 303 S. Grant Ave, within the Franklin University Library. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., beginning Friday, Feb. 10 and every Friday thereafter until April 7.

If you know someone in need of tax assistance, direct them to call 2-1-1 or (614) 221-2255 to see if they qualify for this free tax preparation service or to make an appointment.

Media Opportunity
Interviews can be arranged with Dr. Martina Peng, Faculty project lead, alumna manager, student volunteers and tax client. To arrange an interview, please contact Sherry Mercurio at 1-614-947-6581.

About Franklin University

Accredited, nonprofit and dedicated to educating adults since 1902, Franklin provides onsite course options at over 25 Midwest locations and is an innovator in providing personalized online education. The University offers applied in-demand undergraduate, master’s and doctorate programs that enable adult learners to achieve their educational and professional goals. The University also offers several academic programs internationally, including its top-ranked MBA, through agreements with partner institutions.

Franklin University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and holds specialized accreditations for specific academic programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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