PHARR — The United Way Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is now offering free tax income tax preparation assistance services in three locations at Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD (PSJA) to families earning less than $60,000 a year. This assistance will continue until April 11, 2020.

Sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the VITA program offers free assistance to people with a household income of $60,000 or less, persons with disabilities, elderly and limited English speaking taxpayers. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to individuals who qualify.

Several PSJA ISD high school students who are part of the district's Career and Technical Education Program, have completed coursework and are now IRS-Certified volunteers. They plan to assist at the PSJA sites during this tax season.

This year, tax preparation assistance is being provided at the following locations:

PSJA Bowie Parent Center (811 E. Bowie, Alamo, TX)

Jan. 28 - April 2, 2020

Tuesdays & Thursdays: 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

PSJA Sotomayor Early College High School (1200 E. Polk St., Pharr, TX)

Feb. 5 - April 8, 2020

Tuesdays & Thursdays: 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

PSJA Ballew Early College High School (1100 E. Hwy 83, Pharr, TX)

Feb. 4 - April 11, 2020

Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Saturdays: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

The site will be closed March 15-21 for Spring Break.

Those who qualify must provide a valid Identification and Social Security Cards or Taxpayer Identification Numbers (TIN) for all household members to receive assistance. In addition to the following items, if applicable: Forms W-2, W-2G, 1099-R from all employers; Interest and dividend statements from banks (Form 1099); a copy of last year’s return if available; bank routing numbers and account numbers for direct deposit; total amounts paid for daycare providers and their tax identifying number. If filing a married joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms.

For more information on the services offered, you may call 956-607-9030 or send an email to unitedwayvita9030@gmail.com.