As Fiscal Cliff Deal Changes Landscape, Tax Accountants Deliver Free Service to Low-Income Residents

Golden Gate University lends its expertise to Tax-Aid

SAN FRANCISCO--()--The Fiscal Cliff brought big headlines and resulted in big changes for taxes at the start of the New Year. And once again, Tax-Aid, along with Golden Gate University’s (GGU) top-ranked tax school, is here to help.

“Tax-Aid helped more than four thousand families save $4.45 million in refunds last year”

The resolution to the Fiscal Cliff, known as the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, and new proposed regulations have resulted in a few filing changes - as well as confusion - for low-income families filing tax returns in 2013. Tax-Aid is returning for its 25th year to help sort through the confusion. It will provide free tax services to eligible low-income Bay Area residents most affected by both the additional filing requirements and recent legislation extending the otherwise expiring child tax credit and earned income tax credit.

Golden Gate University (GGU) is lending a big hand to Tax-Aid for the fifth consecutive year. Beginning February 2nd, GGU’s top ranked Bruce F. Braden School of Taxation and School of Accounting will join Tax-Aid and Goodwill to conduct five Saturday sessions where residents can go to receive expert tax advice, file, submit and complete their 2012 tax returns for free (specific location and date details below).

“With the confusion created by the latest tax act, receiving assistance from Tax-Aid and GGU can greatly benefit families in need of expert advice,” commented Mary Canning, Dean of Golden Gate University’s Schools of Taxation and Accounting and a Tax-Aid board member. “GGU and Tax-Aid volunteers will ensure that everyone, regardless of income, has access to the highest levels of professional services when it comes to the often daunting and arduous process of filing taxes.”

GGU will bring in alumni, including tax accountants from the Big Four, regional and local firms, lawyers, tax faculty and students to help these lower-income Bay Area families and individuals get through another tax filing deadline with ease.

“Tax-Aid’s services not only provide support and tax assistance to the needy but also offer a service to GGU students as well. Working with Tax-Aid gives our students the opportunity to connect with local Bay Area families and take what they’ve learned in the classroom and apply it to practical, real-life situations,” added Canning.

GGU proudly joins other institutions, non-profits, and firms in this year’s Tax-Aid campaign. They include Burr Pilger Mayer, Inc.; Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass, LLP; Deloitte Tax, LLP; Ernst & Young, LLP; Fenwick & West, LLP, the San Francisco Foundation; Hemming Morse, Rowbotham & Co., LLP; SingleStop USA; United Way of the Bay Area; Visa; Wells Fargo; and KPMG, LLP, Tax-Aid’s foremost and primary sponsor.

“Tax-Aid helped more than four thousand families save $4.45 million in refunds last year,” said Tax-Aid program manager Minnie Sage. “We’re proud of having served the Bay Area for 25 years with this program, and we're glad to have Golden Gate University as one of our partners.”

Details: Golden Gate University Supports Saturday Sessions

Saturday sessions will be held at the San Francisco Goodwill located at 1500 Mission Street, between South Van Ness and 11th Street, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. PST on the following dates: February 2, 9, 16, and 23. Tax-Aid operates on a first-come, first-served basis, so clients are encouraged to arrive early.

The program is open to all families with gross incomes of less than $51,000. Last year, approximately 1,100 Tax-Aid and Golden Gate University volunteers helped 4,202 Bay Area families receive more than $4.45 million in refunds.

About Golden Gate University

Golden Gate University (GGU) is a private, nonprofit university that offers a world-class, practical and affordable education. GGU has been helping adults achieve their professional goals by providing undergraduate and graduate education in Accounting, Law, Taxation, Business and related areas for more than 110 years. GGU enrolls 5,000 students and represents 68,000 alumni. The school's main campus is located in San Francisco, with additional teaching sites in Los Angeles, Silicon Valley and Seattle. With specialized internship programs that give students practical, hands-on business experience, GGU’s Bruce F. Braden School of Taxation has earned a reputation as one of the largest and most respected in the nation.

About Tax-Aid

Tax-Aid, a 501(c)(3) public charity, was founded in 1988 by a coalition of Bay Area accountants and lawyers with the mission of assisting, without charge, low-income taxpayers in connection with the preparation of their tax returns. All 2013 Tax-Aid dates/times/locations are detailed here: (includes dates when GGU tax experts will be on-site).


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