DATE:  February 13, 2006       
CONTACT: Steve Paschal, Public Affairs, (361) 825-2336; or Gordon E. Landreth, President, Cotten Landreth Kramer Architects and Associates, (361) 884-3295  

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Students to Provide Voluntary Income Tax Assistance to Low Income Families

Members of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Student Accounting Society will assist low income families in the Coastal Bend prepare their tax returns throughout the tax season as part of the Internal Revenue Service’s Voluntary Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

According to Dr. Valrie Chambers, associate professor of accounting, students from the University’s College of Business tax class can replace one of their test grades with 20 hours of community service preparing tax returns in conjunction with this program. The program is geared toward helping seniors and low-income taxpayers with relatively simple returns as well as those taxpayers for whom English is a second language.

“This is an opportunity for students to gain experience beyond the classroom while assisting with the much-needed public service of helping the public comply with a complex tax code,” said Chambers.

Most families who earn less than $38,000, military families (in conjunction with the Armed Forces Tax Council), and taxpayers 60 years of age and older (generally in conjunction with AARP sites) are eligible to have their tax returns prepared for free. Electronic tax filing on a married couple filing a joint tax return requires both spouses be present to sign the required forms.

To participate in the free program the following documents are required:

  • Photo identification.
  • Social Security cards for both spouses and dependents.
  • Birth dates for primary, secondary and dependents on the tax return.
  • Wage and earning statement(s) Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, from all employers.
  • Interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099).
  • A copy of last year’s Federal and State returns (if available).
  • Bank routing numbers and account numbers for direct deposit.
  • Other relevant information about income and expenses.
  • Total paid for day care and the day care providers identifying number.

    The following locations offer VITA services through Monday, April 17:
  • The Latino Education Project, 1045 Airline Road, Suite #2- Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Weed and Seed, 2121 Mary Street- Tuesday and Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  
  • H2U (formerly Seniors Friends), Sunrise Mall- Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sponsored by AARP.
  • 1st Commerce Bank, Port & Ayers- Monday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (E-filing of returns only) Sponsored by AARP.
  • Greenwood Library, Greenwood & Horne- Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (E-filing only on Wednesday) Sponsored by AARP.