Who is Eligible for VITA Services?
Taxpayer Income Eligibility:
Who will prepare my Tax Return?
IRS-certified community volunteers prepare basic income tax returns with electronic filing - FREE of charge!
What do I need to bring to the CCAV VITA Site?
Taxpayers must bring the following items to have tax returns prepared and e-filed:
What is 'Out of Scope' for VITA?
For the protection of all taxpayers, volunteers will only prepare basic income tax returns (for which they are trained) in strict accordance with all IRS rules and regulations (including those pertaining to filing status and dependents).
Volunteers will not prepare tax returns that require:
What is the Tax Preparation process?
1. Volunteer Tax Preparer will input your information and prepare tax your return electronically.
2. Your tax return will then be reviewed by a Quality Reviewer. (This requirement is strictly enforced to ensure that tax returns have been prepared accurately.)
3. The Quality Reviewer will review the return with you.
4. You will sign your return at the CCAV VITA Site. Then your tax return will be e-filed.
Tax returns cannot be e-filed:
- unless all taxpayers sign their return at CCAV's tax prep site.
- if a taxpayer has child care expenses and the caregiver won't provide their Social Security or Tax ID number
- if a taxpayer tries to claim a dependent who has already been claimed by another taxpayer
- if a taxpayer needs, but doesn't have, an ITIN
When to expect a refund?
While the IRS does not guarantee a specific date that a refund will be deposited into a taxpayer's financial institution account or mailed, if you have your refund set up for direct deposit, allow for 10 business days. If your refund check will be mailed to you, allow for 17 business days.
When can I visit the CCAV VITA Site?
CCAV's VITA Site will open January 20th through the last day of tax season, April 15th. See below for hours and directions.
Income tax returns are prepared FREE for income-eligible residents on a first-come, first-served basis. The number of tax returns prepared will be limited to the number of volunteers available.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Will I have my tax return prepared if I show up at the CCAV VITA Site?
Taxes are prepared on a first-come, first-serve basis. If there is a crowd, and you don't have time to wait, feel free to come back and have your returns prepared at another time. Waiting lines are much shorter during the month of March.
When can I file?
January 20 - April 15, 2015
Where's my refund?
Taxpayers should wait at least 3 weeks before checking the status of a refund. To check your refund status, click here.
Where can I find more information about putting my refund into savings bonds? Click Here
If I have a small business, what do I need to do to get ready to have my return filed? Click Here
Where can I get more information about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Tax Provisions? Click Here
Where can I retrieve lost W-2 Forms? Click Here
Where can I get a copy of my prior tax returns (transcripts)? Click Here
How do I calculate my W-4 Withholding? Click Here
What are Tax Credits? Click Here
Additional Tax Support:
The Texas Tech University School of Law sponsors a Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) which provides tax assistance to eligible taxpayers who live in the High Plains, Permian Basin, Rolling Plains of Western Texas, Far West Texas, and Eastern New Mexico AND if your income is less than 250% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Law students, under the supervision of a law professor, handle a wide range of issues including those listed below. All communications and information are confidential.
The TTU LITC does not assist in any criminal tax matters or tax return preparation. The LITC can assist you with the following Federal tax issues related to individual income tax matters:
Texas Tech Low Income Tax Clinic
For assistance: Click Here
The Texas Tech Low Income Tax Clinic does not prepare tax returns at the University. Please visit the CCAV VITA Site to have your tax return prepared.