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KU Law Students Starting Income Tax Assistance Program

The University of Kansas School of Law is being recognized for the students’ community service. Students are taking what they’ve learned in the classroom to the real world in the name of charity.

Law school students are using their knowledge to help local tax payers.

“It’s great in the law school setting because not only are you giving back to the community, but the student is also getting really valuable legal experience,” School of Law Dean Stephen Mazza said.

Law student Mark Magner says you can’t get experience by only listening in the classroom.

“You are thrown into the fire,” Magner said. “You get to apply everything you know, or everything you think you know, and you have a guiding hand of Melanie Deruse and Merideth Shnug that help you in every aspect.”

Citizens with a certain income will be able to come in and receive help with their taxes starting next Wednesday.

The School of Law will start the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program next week, assisting those with qualifying incomes.

“We help students and individuals as long as their income is 54 thousand dollars or less, they can come and get assistance filling out their tax return,” Mazza said.

During the 2015-16 school year, law school students completed over 18 thousand hours of community service, an average of 52 hours per student.