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Beyond Careers 8th Annual Education Symposium

at Westbury High School

Thursday, November 7, 2019


Theme:  Environmental/Conservation




Westbury High School

Brays Oaks Management District

Westbury Civic Club, Inc./Westbury Area Improvement Corp.

Bayou Preservation Association

Keep Houston Beautiful

Trees for Houston





Karen Yip, HCC-Presenter; Becky Edmonson, President, Westbury Civic Club, Inc./Westbury Crier; and Carolina Velasquez, Trees for Houston-Presenter

Sarah P. Bernhardt, President, Bayou Preservation Presenter

Amy Reed, Keep Houston Beautiful, Presenter

Westbury High School JROTC

Silver Sponsor

Community Partner

Community Sponsor




Beyond Careers VITA

Beyond Careers Volunteer Income Tax Asssitance (VITA) provides governmental assistance in the form of free tax preparation program for taxpayers in the low-to-moderate-income bracket with income under $58,000 per year, who otherwise would incur a cost for these services.  We use TaxSlayer, the IRS approved, online software.  VITA program returns thousands of dollars in Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) and other tax credits to these taxpayers.  We are able to electronically file tax returns and provide direct deposit at no cost for qualified taxpayers. 

Beyond Careers is now scheduling volunteers for our VITA site at high schools and community colleges in the Greater Houston and surrounding areas.  Beyond Careers VITA will train current and future teams consisting of accounting students, accountants, CPAs and other to become IRS-Certified volunteer tax preparers at the Advance level.  Volunteers will gain community service.  Eligible volunteers can receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs).


Beyond Careers FSA

Beyond Careers Volunteer Income Tax Asssitance (VITA) free tax preparation program will have a Facilitated Self Assistance (FSA) program that will be implemented at community colleges, high schools, middle schools, apartment complexes and other appropriate locations.  The FSA is at No Cost for individual and family taxpayers in the low-to-moderate income bracket who are able to complete their own tax return. 

Students will supervise the FSA site, conduct outreach and promote Beyond Careers FSA program at their school and in the community.  This would be a great way for those students to get communit-service hours.

Beyond Careers will have students take its Independent Study that will utilize the IRS Link & Learn VITA online, self-paced training to become IRS-Certified volunteers with Beyond Careers FSA.


Schools participating in Beyond Careers VITA and/or FSA:






Results for Beyond Careers VITA 2018 tax season

Beyond Careers Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) free tax prepration program for taxpayers in the low-to-moderate income bracket helped taxpayers get their refunds and savings in tax preparation fees in the 2018 tax season for a total of $108,000




Beyond Careers FSA for the 2019 tax season

Beyond Careers Facilitated Self Assistance (FSA) weblink is under Beyond Careers Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.  The FSA is for taxpayers who are able to complete their own tax return.  This concept is designed to provide increased taxpayers access to free tax preparation services and outreach to many more individuals and families in the low-to-moderate income bracket.

Questions on filing your FSA





7th Annual Education Symposium

Beyond Careers Symposium attendees November 10, 2018

Cadet Ronald Arce,

AFJROTC Westbury High School



Panelist Ali Enes Cek, Houston CPA Society Student Auxiliary, Vice-President

6th Annual Education Symposium






5th Annual Education Symposium

Westbury JROTC, HCC Trustee, Dr. Carolyn Evans-Shabazz and Barbara Davis at Beyond Careers 5th Annual Education Symposium


Beyond Careers Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program has benefitted from the generosity of the Comerica Charitable Foundation with a $5,000 contribution in October 2019.  We thank @ComericaBank for all that they do in the community and congratulate them on their 20th anniversary!



Partner Innovation Recognition Certificate


IRS-SPEC/VITA/TCE Program recognized the University of Houston-Downtown and Beyond Careers for Remarkable Relationships.  The certificate was signed by the National Director of SPEC for "support, dedication and commitment to building strong communities through the Volunteer Return Preparation Program."





Where's My Refund


Get Transcript


Paying Estimated Taxes


Steps for Tax Filing Season


Earned Income Tax Credit


Electronic Filing PIN


Address in Texas to mail tax return


IRS Outreach Corner – Taxpayers that missed the filing Deadline


TaxSlayer login for volunteers


Enhance your volunteer experience!


Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) volunteer, if you are working, your company may provide charitable contributions to the non-profit organization where you volunteer. To get more information about Beyond Careers for your consideration in submitting the request to your company, contact us at








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