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TU becomes partner in local Tax-Aide program

By Joshua Barrett, Student writer

Thomas University is giving back to the community by providing free tax help for low- and moderate-income households. Tax-Aide clients must have a yearly income of $50,000 or below to qualify.

Tax-Aide will run two days a week Feb. 1 through April 18. Assistance is available 1-5 p.m. Mondays in Smith-Bonvillian Hall on Thomas University’s Forbes Campus, 1501 Millpond Road, and 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays at the Thomas County Public Library, 201 N. Madison St.

Randy Minton, a TU Business instructor, coordinates TU’s involvement with Al Bryan, Tax-Aide program organizer. This will be the third year TU students have joined community volunteers to help clients in Thomasville. Each year they serve more than 300 people. All Tax-Aide volunteers are IRS-certified.

Bryan said he believes this is a great opportunity for TU student volunteers because it provides real life work experience. The first TU student volunteer used his experience in this Tax-Aide program to land a job with an accounting firm.

“It is truly humbling to work with these families, to see that they receive their full refunds and any added benefits they qualify for,” Bryan said.

In addition to the Thomas County Public Library and TU, Tax-Aide is also sponsored by the Thomasville Rotary Club and AARP.

Appointments are required for the Tax-Aide program. To schedule an appointment, call the Thomas County Public Library’s Reference Desk at 229-225-5252 or Bryan at 229-233-1179. 

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