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It's TAX TIME

UHD VITA Tax Preparation Clinic is Now Open

By Sheryl E. Taylor

The Marilyn Davies College of Business is offering its fifth year of tax preparation services through its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program to the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) and Houston communities.

In preparation for the upcoming tax filing season, an initial certification training is held for students who are volunteering for participation in the VITA program. It’s required by the IRS that every student must be certified to participate in the VITA program.

The Davies College of Business became an independent VITA site in 2018, known as UHD VITA. In the past the College has worked with other local organizations, such as Neighborhood Centers, Inc., to assist people who generally make $66,000 or less, persons with disabilities, senior citizens, college students and limited English-speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns.

The free tax preparation process for each client is approximately 45 minutes to an hour (sometimes more contingent upon each return) enlists the work of three individual students from the intake interview to data entry of the client's information to final review of the tax return. Once the tax return is finalized, it's filed electronically. After filing, clients can usually expect their refund within a week to a month; however, for international returns it sometimes may take longer.

UHD VITA regularly serves international students from surrounding universities and the Texas Medical Center. UHD is the only University site that does international and some military tax returns as well as assisting with virtual tax returns for Greater Longview United Way and Jackson Community Center in Orange, TX.

VITA is an IRS initiative designed to support free tax preparation service for the underserved through various partner organizations. For the last two tax seasons, 2017 and 2018, UHD VITA completed 628 and 883, respectively.

VITA Clinic Hours

January 27 – March 7

  • Tuesdays & Thursdays: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Friday: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

March 9 – April 15

  • Mondays & Wednesday: 4 – 6 p.m.
  • Tuesdays & Thursdays: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Friday: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Clinic Location

UHD Marilyn Davies College of Business
Shea Street Building
320 North Main Street, Room B226

For more information, call 713-238-1918 or email uhdvita@uhd.edu or visit UHD VITA

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD)—the second largest university in Houston—has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974.

As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive four-year university led by Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz. Annually, UHD educates more than 14,000 students; boasts over 50,000 alumni and offers 44 bachelor’s and eight master’s degree programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service, Sciences & Technology; and University College). In 2018, UHD grew its First Time in College student population by 11 percent and transfer students by 14 percent.

UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston. It also is ranked among 15 U.S. universities with lowest net price to students (according to the U.S. Department of Education). The University is noted nationally as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution and a Minority-Serving Institution. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.