Cardinals in the Community

Administered by Professors of Accounting Ms. Teresa Tiggeman & Dr. Tracey Edmond, Professor of Business Law Dr. Michael Forrest, and Instructor Dr. Robin Guerrero, the UIW Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program is the longest continuously operating VITA site in San Antonio and second only to New York City in serving the tax needs of the low income in the community.

The VITA program allows H-E-B School of Business and Administration accounting students prepare tax returns and learn skills such as client interviews and tax preparation software. Generally, UIW serves over 350 tax clients annually. The program utilizes approximately 50 volunteers including students, faculty, and community volunteers encompassing approximately 1,900 hours of community service.

Assisting the students this year are Ms. Bea Abercrombie, a former UIW student and financial analyst at the Witte Museum, and Mr. John Nelson, local Certified Public Accountant and retirement expert. The UIW VITA site is one of the highest quality sites in San Antonio, often preparing the most difficult tax returns brought in by clients. Thus, not only does the VITA site at UIW obtain refunds for their clients, they also save them of high fees for tax preparation. Additionally, UIW is not involved in the Rapid Refund program, which has extremely high interest charges and puts lower income individuals at a disadvantage.

Tax services will begin the first Saturday in February and extend through the second week of April. Click the link provided for information on times, locations, and needed documentation.

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