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Accounting professor receives IRS award for service

by Kathleen Joyce

April 14, 2005

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Ken Milani, professor of accountancy at the University of Notre Dame, was honored this week by the Internal Revenue Service with a special service award for his work as program coordinator of the University’s Vivian Harrington Gray Tax Assistance Program (TAP)

TAP began in 1972 to provide free income tax preparation service to low-income individuals on a regularly scheduled basis at convenient locations.  The program has since evolved to include both domestic and international tax assistance programs to serve the federal and Indiana income tax return preparation needs of its clients.

The domestic program attends to the needs of many people in the off-campus Michiana community, and the international program provides services to Notre Dame’s foreign faculty, visiting scholars, researchers and international students.

One of many service-learning opportunities offered at Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College, TAP is an important part of the educational preparation of students entering public accounting and tax practice.  Certified public accountants from national, regional, and local firms also volunteer their time, along with faculty from Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s. 

TAP received funding from the Vivian Harrington Gray endowment in 1999 to recognize Gray’s support of her children’s education in accountancy and her example as a volunteer to low-income individuals in the preparation of their taxes.

A member of the Notre Dame faculty since 1972, Milani earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Bradley University and a doctoral degree from the University of Iowa.
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