For most col­lege stu­dents, the process of filing taxes is an unwelcome—though often not overly elaborate—task to wedge in as spring semester’s assign­ments are piling up. Yet for inter­na­tional stu­dents, the process can be even more com­pli­cated. That’s why a group of stu­dent vol­un­teers from the D’Amore-McKim School of Busi­ness is spending Sat­ur­days this month helping their global class­mates file their taxes.

Most American-​​born col­lege stu­dents must fill out the 1040-​​EZ form, but inter­na­tional stu­dents use the more com­plex 1040-​​NR form, which requires more detailed doc­u­men­ta­tion and other infor­ma­tion than the average tax form, according to Michaele Morrow, an assis­tant pro­fessor of accounting. Morrow worked with Beta Alpha Psi—a pro­fes­sional fra­ter­nity for finan­cial infor­ma­tion stu­dents, to assemble and train a team of accounting and busi­ness stu­dents who are vol­un­teering time on Sat­ur­days this month to work one-​​on-​​one with inter­na­tional stu­dents seeking tax help.

It was really great watching these students—a lot of them freshmen or sopho­mores who may have never before taken a tax class, or even done their own taxes before this year—take on this respon­si­bility and ensure that every­thing worked out for their class­mates,” Morrow said.

Throughout the month of March, the stu­dent vol­un­teers will have filed 100 tax returns (both fed­eral and state), com­pleting the forms by hand rather than online. It’s a process, Morrow said, that will pay div­i­dends for these stu­dents not only when they take tax courses in the future but also as they begin rec­og­nizing the impor­tance of devel­oping rela­tion­ships with their clients.

They took this real sense of own­er­ship that, ‘This is my client and I’m going to take care of them,’” Morrow said.

Tarig Khairalla, a second-​​year busi­ness major with a con­cen­tra­tion in mar­keting, is orig­i­nally from the United Arab Emi­rates; his family now lives in western New York. He said the vol­un­teer expe­ri­ence was good expo­sure to tax filing, a topic he hasn’t yet cov­ered in his classes.

It was great training for the skills I’ll need to per­form,” Khairalla said. “The clients aren’t familiar with any of this, so it felt good to help out.”

The tax dead­line is just over a month away. Athough the busi­ness school’s tax assis­tance pro­gram is already filled up, Morrow noted that online ser­vices like Tur­b­oTax are a good option for most filers, her­self included. She said her best piece of advice is for stu­dents to ensure their taxes are being prop­erly with­held throughout the year.

You’ve got to do some dig­ging to find out exactly what should be with­held, but it’s a lot easier to make a change to your with­holding early before you find out down the road that you owe a lot of money,” Morrow said.