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Children First: Sheridan College business students provide tax help

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This is not a popular time of year for many people.

"People just get really scared at even the word 'taxes' and it's like, 'I can't do them. I can't do them,'" said Sheridan College business instructor Tracy Dearinger.

"A lot of my friends don't know anything about it," said sophomore Justin Hirschman.

So free tax help is offered at Sheridan College. Business students like Hirschman guide people through the whole process.

"It's great for the community," said Hirschman.

"They learn that there are different people in the community that really are extremely low income and then they see a whole different group of people that they probably would never see," said Dearinger.

Not only do the students become experts at filing a return, the experience also teaches them valuable skills for their career.

"Who can you claim as a dependent, what type of credits you can take, what's your tax status. Whatever path I follow down in business, I'll have to account for taxes. If I decide to invest-capital gains tax. If I decide to get involved with anything like, even donating, I need to know tax law," said Hirschman.

After getting certified by the IRS and filing several returns, Hirschman feels confident in his abilities.

"I could probably do my taxes for the rest of my life. I can do it by myself. It's free, but we try to do our best. I'm in there trying to get everyone the best refund they can," said Hirschman.

This is the seventh year of the program and the students typically will handle about 200 tax returns each year.

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