Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
What is Vita?: The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program offers free income tax preparation to people who cannot afford a paid professional to do their income taxes. Volunteers are trained and certified to provide assistance in preparing tax returns and help taxpayers take advantage of tax credits, including the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit. In addition to FREE tax return preparation, most sites also offer FREE electronic filing. Individuals taking advantage of the e-file program will receive their refund in half the time compared to returns filed on paper: even faster if you have your refund deposited directly into your bank account.
The UTB/TSC VITA volunteers are primarily students from the Applied Business Technology Department. The UTB/TSC VITA site is part of a coalition headed by United Way of Southern Cameron County that involves other organizations from Cameron County.
What VITA means to a student volunteer? Student volunteers are actively recruited in months of November and December each year. The months of December and January are primarily focused on training and certifying online through the Internal Revenue Service website.
What is the time commitment of a volunteer? The time commitment for volunteers is an average of two to four hours per week during the tax filing season, which runs from approximately February 1st to April 15th.
Value added for student volunteers: This is an opportunity to add value to your resume, scholarship applications, and to your learning experience. Anyone can be a volunteer! If you are interested in participating in this program, please inquire with: