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VITA’s Free Virtual Tax Preparation Services Continuing Through July 15

Free tax preparation services through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offered by the Marilyn Davies College of Business are still available to the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) and Houston communities through July 15.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, services are being offered virtually on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. You must request a Zoom appointment via email or by phone by calling 713-222-5328.

The program assists 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 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.

The free tax preparation process by tax professionals also enlists the work of three trained 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.

For those who are not able to file by the July 15, 2020 deadline, the IRS reminds individual taxpayers that everyone is eligible to request an extension to file their return.

For more information on the program, visit the UHD VITA website.

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 President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 61,000 alumni and offers 45 bachelor’s, nine master’s degree programs and 16 fully online programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service; Sciences & Technology; and University College).

For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks UHD among universities across the nation for Best Online Criminal Justice Programs (No. 27 and No. 15 for Veterans) and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.

UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. U.S. News ranked the University among Top Performers on Social Mobility and awarded UHD a No. 1 ranking as the most diverse institution of higher education in the southern region of the U.S. The University is noted nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution and Military Friendly School. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.