Monthly Archives: August 2011

Ensuring High-Quality, Affordable Assistance for America’s Taxpayers: Highlights of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program’s 2011 Efforts


The National Community Tax Coalition (NCTC) is the nation’s leading coalition of non-profit, voluntary entities providing free tax preparation assistance and financial services to low-income individuals and families.

NCTC is dedicated to strengthening economies, building communities and improving lives through tax assistance and asset building activities that produce financial security, protect families and promote economic justice. Read the rest of this entry


NCTC Issues Comments on IRS Continuing Education Provider Rules

Holden Weisman

Holden Weisman serves as NCTC's Policy Analyst

In response to a notice for written comments from the IRS, NCTC issued official comments on the approval process for continuing education providers and provider accrediting organizations in relation to the ongoing implementation of new paid preparer regulations.

The following comments were submitted by NCTC to the IRS on August 17, 2011 in response to an official request for comments on the approval process for continuing education providers and the accrediting organizations of these providers.

The comments focus on a need for continuing education providers to demonstrate their practical knowledge and skills of both tax law and their abilities to address the needs of our nation’s low-income taxpayers. NCTC also recommends the IRS consider a fast-track process for approving VITA programs as providers as well as an approval process for national and regional coalitions of VITA programs with proven training records to serve as accrediting organizations. Read the rest of this entry

Looking Back at NCTC’s Thought Leader Circle II

Catherine Ro

Catherine Ro serves as NCTC's Project Manager

The second of three Thought Leader Circles was held on July 28th in New York City. A component of the Sustainable Models research project, funded by the Ford Foundation, the circles bring together leaders in the tax preparation field to participate in a robust research initiative exploring sustainability issues. These learnings will help inform the future direction of the community tax preparation field in service delivery, revenue generation, and policy. Read the rest of this entry