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CAAS Corner
By Jack Collins, Executive Director
Community Accounting Aid & Services, Inc.
965 East Main Street
Meriden, CT 06450-6006
Phone: 203-235-2333, ext. 7146
CAAS Tax Clinics
CAAS is again seeking volunteers to prepare tax returns for
low-income individuals in the Hartford, Bristol, New Haven,
Branford, and Middletown areas. A large percentage of the
clients are elderly people from the communities surrounding
the clinic sites. Most clinics are held for four hours on
Saturday mornings during February and early March. Some
clinics offer limited evening sessions of two to three hours.
Community outreach organizations are usually the event
sponsors. Scheduled appointments are the norm.
Other sites are co-sponsored by the IRS Volunteer Income
Tax Assistance Program (VITA), which supplies laptop com-
puters and training on their software. CAAS volunteers nor-
mally participate in this program during February and early
March. Training and certification on the VITA program is
available online. CAAS also works with clients of the
Quinnipiac University School of Law and University of
Connecticut School of Law tax clinics in resolving issues
with the IRS on a year-round basis.
Please contact CAAS if you would like to take part in this
worthwhile program.
Not-for-Profit Assistance
Throughout the year, but particularly in the fourth quarter,
CAAS receives requests for CPAs to serve on boards of
directors. Organization sizes range from start-ups to those
with annual budgets in the millions of dollars. In some
cases, we receive requests for procedural reviews or finan-
cial management system training. That type of service is
available only to small organizations. CAAS does not per-
form audits. If you would like to volunteer or get more infor-
mation, contact CAAS.
Adult Education Programs
The spring 2012 CAAS "Starting a Small Business in
Connecticut" courses will begin in January, with most cours-
es being offered in late April. The courses are offered
through local town adult education programs. They normal-
ly run for four evening sessions of two hours each. The
CAAS book, focusing on the same subject, is used as the
text and reference source for the course. Attendees are
generally young people who are interested in starting a busi-
ness of their own. CAAS has courses scheduled in
Cheshire, Glastonbury, Middletown, New Britain, Plainville,
Wallingford, and Wolcott.
CAAS also provides instruction on accounting, tax, and
financial management subjects for the Community
Economic Development Fund (CEDF). The focus of the
CEDF program is to get its clients into and through their
QuickBooks course. CAAS instructors do not normally
instruct QuickBooks. The attendees in this program are nor-
mally in business or close to starting one.
If you are interested in becoming involved in these programs
or similar educational outreach programs that CAAS offers,
please contact CAAS.
Best wishes from CAAS for a happy holiday season!