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Connecticut CPA
September/October 2015
The CTCPA New and Young Profes-
sionals Cabinet recently heard from
two volunteers from Community Ac-
counting Aid and Services (CAAS)
about their experiences helping those
less fortunate.
CAAS encourages, educates, and
assists the economically disadvan-
taged in complying with their tax and
other financial responsibilities. The
group seeks to boost its volunteer
base and provide meaningful public
service opportunities to both new and
seasoned accounting professionals.
"I have two years' experience in the
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
Program in which I help both residents
and nonresidents file their income tax
returns," explained Rui Jiang, a 2014
graduate of the University of Bridgeport
and a staff accountant at Bregman &
Company in Stamford. "I love helping
people with their problems. It is so nice
to see the smiles on their faces after I
help them," she added.
Chris Gardella is a member of the class
of 2016 at Eastern Connecticut State
University and a tax intern with the
Hartford office of KPMG. "Volunteering
with VITA and CAAS allows me to put
skills that I've learned to use in making
someone else's life better," Gardella
noted, "thereby making it all the more
personal and meaningful to me."
New and Young Professionals Cabinet
Hears from Community Accounting
Aid & Services Volunteers
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Eastern Connecticut State University student and KPMG tax intern Chris Gardella
(left) and University of Bridgeport graduate and Bregman & Company staff
accountant Rui Jiang speak to the New and Young Professionals Cabinet about
their experiences volunteering with Community Accounting Aid & Services.
To volunteer with CAAS,
contact CAAS Executive Director
Sheryle McMillan at sheryle@
Photos courtesy of William Gr