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WMU students went to Alaska for spring break … to do people’s taxes

Apr 17, 2018

It’s quite the journey from Kalamazoo to Alaska – to tiny towns like Nulato, with a population of 259.

But a team from Western Michigan University has made that journey each year since 2014. They head to isolated small towns like Nulato to help people there with their taxes.

Western’s Department of Philosophy takes part in the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program by sending students to Alaskan villages and towns.

Fritz Allhoff is a professor of philosophy at Western, and he leads the teams to Alaska each year. Allhoff joined Stateside today to explain what students accomplish on the trips, who in the villages most need tax assistance, and the kinds of relationships students and villagers develop.

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