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As part of its extensive support of sev-
eral Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
(VITA) sites, Community Accounting
Services (CAS) recently held a four-
hour volunteer site coordinator training
session. More than 100 CPAs provide
volunteer community service through
CAS, serving low-income taxpayers,
small businesses, and nonprofits.
Last tax season, in partnership with the
United Way, Village for Families and
Children, and others, CAS served more
than 8,600 families with free income tax
"These families can't afford the ser-
vices of a CPA or even a storefront
tax service, so they need us urgently,"
said CAS President Steve Jarett. "The
average income is $22,000, and the
earned income credit they get makes
all the difference in making ends meet."
The tax returns are prepared by
specially trained volunteers, recruited
from universities and the community;
some of these volunteers have many
years of service.
Volunteers in the training workshop
walked through everything they'll do
to manage a team, including planning,
reviewing, counseling, client service,
resources, and software.
The benefits of volunteering are many,
Steve explained. "The public gets to
know the CPA community better. Col-
lege students get a fast start on their
careers. Volunteers derive immense
satisfaction from the gratitude ex-
pressed by the recipients."
Interested in learning how you can
help? Contact CAS Executive Director
Sandra Desrosiers at 860-258-0218
Community Accounting Services Trains Volunteer Tax Site Coordinators
More than two dozen BlumShapiro em-
ployees and their families volunteered
to help package more than 1,200 bags
of donated nonperishable Thanksgiv-
ing food items in preparation for dis-
tribution to seniors and families in New
Haven served by Christian Community
Action. Each bag included all the fix-
ing for a traditional Thanksgiving din-
ner and was distributed along with a
turkey in time for Thanksgiving Day.
Since 2012, the BlumShapiro Thanks-
giving Food Basket Campaign for
Christian Community Action has pro-
vided more than 10,000 Thanksgiving
meals for seniors and families.
BlumShapiro Volunteers Help Prepare Bags of Thanksgiving Food Donations
CAS Board of Directors member John Purtill
speaks about what goes into managing a
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site.
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