The United States Department of the Treasury has honored nine State Fair Community College accounting students and their instructor for outstanding public service.
Under the guidance of business instructor Kelly Russell, students enrolled in SFCC’s Federal Taxation course during spring semester participated in an Internal Revenue Service training program called Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and Tax Counseling for the Elderly.
To participate, the students were required to pass an IRS proficiency exam with a minimum score of 80 percent. They were required to earn basic certification, but encouraged to attain intermediate certification.
To become certified, each student volunteer had to earn a minimum score of 80 percent proficiency on the exam.
Students who earned “basic” tax preparer certification were Rhonda Anderson, Linda Ekstrom, Lindsey Moon and Yvonne Harvey, all of Sedalia; Lena Dayley, of Versailles; Sue Iliff, of Stover; Jessica Kahai, of Whiteman Air Force Base; Christina Periman, of Marshall; and Michelle Petty, of Green Ridge.
Moon also earned intermediate level certification, and Petty earned both intermediate and advanced tax preparer certification.
SFCC students were given a goal of processing 35 tax returns during the few weeks that they volunteered their services. The students exceeded the goal by preparing 41 federal returns, 43 state returns and four amended returns.
Russell said she partnered with the IRS to offer a new challenge to accounting students.