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College of Business Administration Receives Detroit Honors

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May 22, 2014

University of Detroit Mercy's College of Business Administration recently received two major awards for its hard work in helping our city and the community.

The Detroit City Council has bestowed a 2014 Spirit of Detroit Award on the College's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. During the months of February and March, UDM Accounting students provided free income tax assistance to low-income community residents in fulfillment of a service-learning component of the Federal Income Tax course.

Associate Professor of Accounting Jeanne David, who leads the College's VITA program, was recognized as a Tax Assistance Program Champion by the Accounting Aid Society, and 13 student volunteers received letters of appreciation from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Tax attorney Joe Pia, who assisted with the tax returns, also taught the service-learning Federal Income Taxation course from which many of the volunteers were recruited. An unannounced audit of the UDM VITA site this year found 100 percent compliance with the government's quality standards.

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