Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program

PVAMU VITA Site will Resume Operations in January 2020

The PVAMU Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offered in partnership with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, will be open again in January 2020.  Individuals and families who need assistance can schedule an appointment to meet with a IRS-certified volunteer once center operations resume.

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 VITA program, volunteers from the the Prairie View A&M University College of Business and the College of Agriculture and Human Sciences provide  free tax preparation services for individuals and families, students, senior citizens, and others in Waller County.

 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.
    • Daycare expenses
    • 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?
To ensure the best service, please schedule an appointment; walk-in customers are welcome on the days the VITA site is open.