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Students to volunteer at free tax clinics

Lakeland students are preparing to help community members file their taxes.

In partnership with the Lloydminster Senior Citizen Society, 27 business students are volunteering their services at six income tax clinics. The clinics are for seniors, students, low-income families and newcomers to Canada. 

The free walk-in clinics will be held in March and April, ahead of the April 30 deadline to file taxes.

“This is going to be an incredible learning opportunity for our students – they have the opportunity to gain valuable experience by working with real people on their tax returns,” says Erin Bandola, accounting instructor. “Not only are they able to build their resumé by getting the experience and confidence in preparing tax returns, they’re also building connections with people in our community whether that be potential career networking or from a community involvement perspective.”

Before signing up for three-hour shifts at the clinics, students will complete a mandatory training session on March 4 alongside 10 community volunteers. Seven of the volunteers are professional accountants who work in industry or for public accounting firms. “This is also a great opportunity for our students to meet with potential employers and make a good impression on them,” says Bandola. 

By the end of the six tax clinics, Bandola expects upwards of 500 tax returns will have been filed by students and community volunteers. The tax clinics will be held in Lloydminster from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on:
  • March 11, Legacy Centre
  • March 18, The Synergy Centre
  • April 8, Lakeland College, Lloydminster campus
  • April 22, The Synergy Centre
  • April 29, The Synergy Centre
A session will also be held on March 16 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Legacy Centre. 

“We’re excited to partner with Lloydminster Senior Citizen Society. This is a volunteer group that has been doing this for 15-plus years,” says Bandola. “Our students are eager to support this initiative.”

Student volunteers are from Lakeland’s accounting major in the business administration diploma program and the bachelor degree program offered in partnership with Athabasca University.

February 23, 2017