LEWISTON – Elderly and low-income taxpayers in the Niagara Falls area received more than $575,000 in federal and state income-tax refunds last year with free tax-preparation help from students in the College of Business Administration at Niagara University, and the program will be available again this year.

James Ingham, an assistant professor of accounting who was coordinator of last year’s program, said 77 students contributed more than 860 volunteer hours to help local residents file 479 tax returns. She said he hopes students can do more this year.

NU students prepare and electronically file the tax returns. Beta Alpha Psi, the international honor society for accounting, and the college’s accounting society are coordinating the program.

Beginning Feb. 12, help in filing tax returns will be provided from 5:45 to 7:30 p.m. in Room 207 of St. Vincent’s Hall on the Niagara University campus on Feb. 12, 14, 19, 21, 26 and 28, March 12, 14, 19, 21 and 26, and April 2 and 4.

Sessions also will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Doris W. Jones Family Resource Building, 3001 Ninth St., on six Wednesdays: Feb. 13, 20 and 27, and March 13, 20 and 27.

No appointments are necessary for these free services.