VITA Center

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College of Business Administration
Department of Accounting

Sam Houston State University’s Bearkat Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Center provides free federal and state income tax assistance to most individuals and families with household income of $58,000 or less. Not only can we prepare your return—we can file it electronically with the IRS for free. 

VITA is a simple, safe way to file your taxes and keep more of your hard-earned money in your pocket. The IRS’s VITA program has operated for over 50 years and offers free tax help to people who qualify and need assistance preparing their own tax returns. VITA services are not only free, they are also a reliable and trusted source for preparing tax returns. All VITA volunteers who prepare returns must take and pass tax law training that meets or exceeds IRS standards. In addition to requiring volunteers to be certified, the IRS requires a quality review check of your return before it is filed with the IRS.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, the Bearkat VITA Center’s services will be offered through online, virtual appointments until further notice. Please click on the following link to find more information: Virtual VITA Center

Our services will be offered on Thursday afternoons from 3:30 PM to 7:00 PM beginning February 3, 2022 through April 14, 2022. For additional information or to schedule an appointment, please contact the Center at or leave a message at 936-294-1282.  

Please click the following link to determine if your return qualifies for free VITA services under the IRS’ rules: Program Eligibility Checklist

Please click the following link to determine what information needs to be provided to the VITA Center after an appointment is scheduled: Information to be Provided

How does the IRS protect me? IRS Resources