Saturday is the last chance for free tax services at University High School
This Saturday, April 13, last-minute filers will have one more opportunity to get help with their tax returns from the student-run Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program at University High School. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., students, who have successfully completed the Internal Revenue Services’ certification process, will be available to help local families file their taxes.
Due to the interest in this free service, people should expect long wait times to have their returns prepared. To help pass the time, children’s entertainment will be hosted by students from University High School’s education and child development program. Refreshments will also be available for purchase with proceeds benefiting the school’s Future Business Leaders of America chapter.
The tax preparation program at University High School is the largest student-run VITA program in the country.Now in its 15th year, the program’s certified volunteers have helped to prepare more than 24,000 tax returns resulting in over $41.5 million in refunds since its inception.
This year, accounting students from the Hankamer School of Business at Baylor University also volunteered their time to help prepare tax returns through the program. Like the University High School students, these college students scored an 80 percent or higher on the Internal Revenue Services’ certification exams.