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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) is the second-largest university in Houston and 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 approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.