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What is VITA?
In 2011, TAMIU became a VITA site as a joint effort with the Laredo Family Economic Success Coalition (LFESC). The Volunteer Income Tax (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $55,000 or less, persons with disabilities, and the elderly who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals. Through community volunteers, VITA programs across the nation create a substantial economic impact. Volunteers help citizens who, due to educational and/or language deficiencies, would be unable to navigate the income tax process.
During the spring 2014 tax season VITA volunteers, which included TAMIU students, contributed to the process of 5,032 tax returns resulting in over $9,509,091.00 in refunds for the local community.
Student Learning Outcomes
TAMIU students are IRS-certified volunteers and ready to assist! Students who participate in the VITA program will develop transferable skills to better equip themselves for future career opportunities.
- Interpersonal skills
- Practical skills
- Personal responsibility
- School pride
Anne L. Christensen, Dennis Schmidt, Priscilla S. Wisner (2010), Assessing service-learning outcomes for students participating in VITA programs, in Anthony H. Catanach, Dorothy Feldmann (ed.) Advances in Accounting Education (Advances in Accounting Education, Volume 11) Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.171 - 195.
Want to be a VITA Volunteer
Basic and advance trainings are available throughout the year. TAMIU students can access the e-learning curriculum and exam through the Link and Learn website available by clicking here.
Learn about positions:
What to Bring to VITA Site
In order to better assist you, check out the list of documents you must bring. If you have any questions, please contact us at 956-326-2286, Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
- Proof of identification (photo ID)
- Social Security cards for you, your spouse and dependents or a Social Security number verification letter issued by the Social Security Administration
- An Individual Identification Number (ITIN) assignment letter may be substituted for you, your spouse and your dependents if you do not have a Social Security number
- Proof of foreign status, if applying for an ITIN
- Birth dates for you, your spouse and dependents on the tax return
- Wage and earning statements (Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, 1099-Misc) from all employers
- Interest and dividend statements from banks (Form 1099)
- A copy of last year's federal and state returns, if available
- Proof of bank account routing and account numbers for direct deposit such as blank check
- To file tax electronically on a married-filling-joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms
- Total paid for daycare provider and the daycare provider's tax identifying number such as their Social Security number or buisiness Employer Identification Number