Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program
VITA Site will be open in January 2018
The PVAMU Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offered in partnership with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service is seeking volunteers. Volunteers receive training to provide free tax help for low-to-moderate income families who need assistance preparing their tax returns. Not only do volunteers learn about better tax preparation, they also make an difference by helping individuals and families in their communities.
Prairie View A&M University has joined efforts with the Internal Revenue Service to increase earned income tax credit (EITC) awareness and education. Through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, the College of Business at Prairie View A&M University provides free tax preparation for individuals and families, students, senior citizens, and others in Waller County between January and April.
Learn more about the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
VITA Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is VITA?
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program provides free tax help to people who cannot prepare their own tax returns. Tax preparers at VITA sites have been certified and trained to help prepare basic tax returns. For more information about VITA, visit the IRS website.
I need my refund fast; do I have to mail it in?
The PVAMU VITA site offers free electronic filing. If you prefer to file your return by mail, you can.
What do I need to bring with me?
Clients need to bring the following items with them for service:
- Photo ID for all tax payers
- Social Security Cards for taxpayer(s) and dependent(s)
- All forms showing income: W-2, 1099, 1098, etc.
College tuition and related expenses
Closing papers on home purchases
Sales papers on new motor vehicle purchases
Documents/items about which you may have questions (is this deductible?)
- Bank account routing number and account number for electronic deposit of refunds
- Other relevant documents showing income or deductible expresses:
A lot of this information is personal; can I be sure that my information will be kept confidential?
All VITA tax preparers are aware of the personal nature of tax information and are committed to strictest confidentiality requirements – the same as CPAs, attorneys, and other tax professionals.
Do I need to make an appointment?
You may contact us to make an appointment if you prefer, but walk-in customers are welcome.