Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program

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.

PVAMU VITA Site Will Reopen in January 2015.

 Get Directions or PVAMU Campus Map

 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?
You may contact us to make an appointment if you prefer, but walk-in customers are welcome.

I’ve never been to PVAMU before, how do I get there?
Prairie View A&M University is located approximately 40 miles northwest of Houston just off US Highway 290.  For directions to the campus, click here.  The PVAMU VITA site is located in the Memorial Student Center on the first floor.

Need additional information?  Call (936) 261-9245 or (936) 419-8333 or contact vita@pvamu.edu.

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