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BENEFITS: Community Comments

"I think it was a great idea to have the ACC34 student tax projects incorporated into an exhibit that could be viewed by everyone on the campus. Often students put a lot of work into a project and only the instructor sees it. This approach enabled others to view and even participate in an alternative way of instruction. The exhibit was informative and served as a needed reminder to do my taxes." - E. Bear
"I think having students prepare actual returns is a great idea. They helped me determine that I qualified for a tax deduction I hadn't originally taken. I got assistance doing an amendment and am happily awaiting a tax return! Thanks!" - T. Kimura
" I'm a struggling entrepreneur running a home-based business. The students helped me do my Hawaii General Excise tax return and my income tax forms. Its reassuring to know students are participating in meaningful hands-on projects as part of their college experience." - P. Levin

"I'm a foreign student attending college at UH Hilo. I saw the Tax Exhibit and the notice that tax help was available from students for students. I came to the class and a student with assistance from her instructor helped me find out what forms I had to file. They even helped fill out some of the forms and gave me envelopes with the correct mailing address so I would send them to the right place." - MBA Student from Japan

"I'm a retired person living on a fixed income. It is a benefit to have the students do my tax return for me. They've done it every year for over 10 years. Not the same students but the same college and instructor. I got to take advantage of the added deduction for being over 65. They explained how the IRS and Hawaii treat age differently. I'm glad they are learning." - M. Pontes

"Through service-learning, students have unique opportunities to learn the value of teamwork and build critical thinking skills while completing service projects in areas such as education, public safety and the environment. Studies have shown that students who participate in such programs demonstrate increased civic and social responsibility and improved academic achievement." - U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings

Read what students say about the income tax service learning project.

A tax loophole is "something that benefits the other guy.
If it benefits you, it is tax reform.'' 

Russell B. Long, U.S. Senator