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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program at STCL Houston Offers Free Tax Return Preparation and Electronic Filing

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program at South Texas College of Law Houston (STCL Houston) will offer free tax return preparation and electronic filing for low- and moderate-income individuals and families in the Greater Houston region, including those in Brazoria, Fort Bend, Harris, and Montgomery Counties.

Individuals and families with an annual income of $57,000 or less qualify for this complimentary service, an initiative of the Tax Law Society at STCL Houston.

Law students who are IRS-certified tax preparers will assist Houstonians on Fridays between 2–7 p.m. from Feb. 1 through April 12, excluding Friday, March 15.

Walk-in clients are welcome, and individuals can make an appointment by calling 713-659-8040, extension 1538.

Those who wish to take advantage of this service should bring the following items and information to their appointment:

  • Proof of identity (such as a valid driver’s license or other government-issued picture ID);
  • W2 and any 1099 forms;
  • Social Security or ITIN number cards for all family members;
  • Copy of last year’s tax return (if available);
  • Total paid for daycare provider last year and provider’s tax identifying number;
  • Any other tax documents;
  • Bring a personal check to allow for direct deposit of tax return.

The Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) is one of the 19 specialized clinics in South Texas College of Law Houston’s Randall O. Sorrels Legal Clinics. For more information about the LITC and other legal clinics at the law school, please visit www.stcl.edu/academics/legal-clinics/or call 713-646-2990, extension 2933.