VITA and STC offers free income tax preparation to community
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program helps the community receive over a million dollars in tax returns.
South Texas College hosted the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, assisting the community with free income tax preparations.
VITA saved taxpayers millions of dollars in the process.
As of Feb. 22, the VITA office, based at the STC Pecan Campus in McAllen prepared 362 tax returns with refunds totaling over $850,000. By Feb. 28, they had prepared over 500 returns resulting in refunds to taxpayers of over $1 million.
John H. Wilson, Accounting Instructor at STC and VITA Coordinator, was happy to serve the community through VITA.
“The outcome was great, we moved the site to the Pecan campus this year and it made it a lot more visible and convenient to people in the community and at STC.” Wilson said.
Wilson now looks to the future to continue assisting the public with income tax returns.
VITA is a program that assists community members with filing there income tax returns through services provided by STC students in the accounting program.
“We look forward to doing this every year,” expressed Wilson. “I am very honored to do this. The program is good because it provides training to the students who assist us.”
VITA is scheduled to run until March 8.
With other tax services charging on average $150-$200, VITA’s services are of no cost.
VITA works in cooperation with United Way of South Texas and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Those who make approximately $55,000 or less, are eligible to receive VITA’s services.
For more information regarding VITA, please contact John H. Wilson at 956-872-3519.
“The outcome was great, we moved the site to the Pecan campus this year and it made it a lot more visible and convenient to people in the community and at STC.”