Special Edition: Fight Poverty by Supporting VITA sites
May 14, 2019
SUPPORT SENATE AMENDMENT 12
We urge you to support resources for free tax preparation for low-income workers through Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites (1201-0100) - $800,000 - in the FY20 budget, and Senate Amendment 12 by Senator Diana DiZoglio and Senator James Welch.
The state support and funding for policies and programs that create opportunity is critical. We are advocating for policies that strengthen families, bridge the wage gap, create economic opportunity and strengthen the human services infrastructure.
We urge you to support resources forfree tax preparation for low-income workers through Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites (1201-0100) - $800,000 - in the FY20 budget, and Senate Amendment 12 by Senator Diana DiZoglio and Senator James Welch.
This funding will:
allow for $10,000 to support operations at each of the 80 VITA sites.
help more low-income tax payers access the recently increased State EITC.
bring back millions of dollars to taxpayers and communities.
stabilize the network and allow for continued operations leading to expanded services. Every year some VITA sites cease operations due the limited operating funds.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Changes Lives
Community Action Pioneer Valley (CAPV) VITA site helped a senior woman file her taxes for the past two years. Her only income is Social Security Income and she had no idea she was eligible for the Circuit Breaker tax credit. The CAPV Volunteer preparer not only brought her current with her taxes but through accessing the Circuit Breaker tax credit brought her a return of $2,000.