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To relieve the anxiety that many people experience at tax time each year, some outstanding Lafayette juniors and seniors are volunteering to help community residents complete their income tax returns at no cost.

The students are members of Omicron Delta Epsilon, the national honor society for men and women studying economics. They will provide the tax-help service at ProJeCt of Easton on a walk-in basis from 2-4 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday from Feb. 13 through April 12.

To prepare to help others with their taxes, they will receive special training outside the classroom using materials provided by the Internal Revenue Service as part of a national program of volunteer income tax assistance, says adviser Sheila Handy, assistant professor of economics and business.

“The Lafayette students enthusiastically embraced the idea of volunteering their time to help others with their tax returns. It’s a good service project and it gives the students professional experience,” Handy says.

“It’s the first year our students have offered this service, so the number of clients is impossible to predict. But I’m confident this will be a significant help for people who can really use the assistance,” she says.

The Lafayette student volunteers, with class year, major and hometown:

Harsh Agrawal ’01, computer science, New Delhi, India
Kevin Angelis ’01, economics and business/government and law, Davidsonville, Md.
Christopher Ball ’01, mathematics-economics, Congers, N.Y.
Mark Barnett ’01, economics and business, Clifton Park, N.Y.
Samantha Bell ’01, economics and business, Tigard, Ore.
Charles Deutsch ’02, economics and business, Providence, R.I.
Mark Coslett ’01, mathematics, Shavertown, Pa.
Regina Galati ’01, economics and business, McMurray, Pa.
Lisa Kendall ’01, economics and business, Hebron, Conn.
William Lane ’01, economics and business, Easton, Md.
Michael Levey ’02, economics and business, Pine Brook, N.J.
Amy Mish ’01, mathematics-economics, Johnstown, Pa.
Kenda Roberts ’01, A.B. Engineering, Bronx, N.Y.
Elena Sidelnikova ’01, economics and business, Moscow, Russia
Xenia Taoubina ’02, computer science, Moscow, Russia
Megan Thorsen ’01, mathematics and economics, Basking Ridge, N.J.
Feiyu Wang ’01, electrical engineering, Roseville, Minn.

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