130 UA Students Participating in SaveFirst Secure $7.2 Million in Tax Refunds for Working Alabama Families

By:    Date: 05-08-2013

Students Travel Statewide to Serve 3,910 Families — Saving them $1.2 Million in Commercial Preparation Fees

SF Update 2013 main photoUA students provided a critical role in a statewide initiative sponsored by the Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility and Impact Alabama. UA students collaborated with 320 additional students from sixteen other campuses across the state. In total, the campus coalition assisted more than 6,200 families who claimed $11.7 million in refunds and saved approximately $1.9 million in commercial preparation fees — a 21% increase in families served in the last tax season.

Approximately 60 students were enrolled in a service-learning course on poverty taught by Stephen Black, Director of the Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility. This course combined academic coursework with a requirement of service at the tax sites, and enrolled students discussed issues such as perceptions and misperceptions of those living in poverty and current policies affecting the working poor.

An additional 40 students participated in SaveFirst through an accounting honors service-learning course taught by Lisa McKinney.

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