Accounting Technology

Service Learning – Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is a service learning project that is incorporated in the course ACNT-1193 Special Topics in Taxation.


What is VITA? The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program offers FREE e-filed 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.  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 VITA volunteers are students and community volunteers. The student volunteers are from the HCCTE-Business Information Technology Department under the Accounting Technology program. The TSC VITA site is part of a coalition headed by United Way of Southern Cameron County that involves other organizations from Cameron County. 

The TSC VITA tax site is located at the ITEC Center in Room F-6. This site is by appointment only. To make an appointment or for more information, please call (956) 295-3761.

What you need to bring:

  • Valid photo identification.
  • Original Social Security Cards for all household members.
  • A copy of last year’s tax return if available.
  • Health Insurance Forms 1095 or know your coverage dates for all household   members.
  • Income documents such as Forms W-2, W-2G, & 1099 from all employers and other sources (social security, unemployment, pension, etc.).
  • Interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099).
  • Bank Routing Numbers and Account Numbers for Direct Deposit of refund.
  • For students with post-secondary tuition expenses or grant income bring Form 1098-T.
  • Total paid for day care provider and the day care provider’s tax identifying number.
  • Identity Theft prevention pin, if assigned by the IRS.
  • Both spouses must be present to sign the required forms for Married Filing Jointly   returns.


Last Updated on Friday, 20 May 2016 13:45