NCTC Comments for Congress: Maintain VITA Investments
As Congress begins debating budget plans for the coming fiscal year, NCTC is cautioning against dialing-back our limited but important federal investments in VITA. On Wednesday, NCTC submitted formal comments to the U.S. House of Representatives’ Ways & Means Committee. In these comments, NCTC expressed support for the President’s proposal of maintaining current VITA funding levels in FY2013, as well as noting the need to work toward greater investments – particularly in light of dwindling resources at the state, local and philanthropic levels.
We also reiterated the significance of VITA to the well-being of individual taxpayers and our entire nation, explaining how these services boost tax compliance, government efficiency and savings and local businesses and economies.
Finally, NCTC supported the call for greater investments in the IRS in general, particularly taxpayer services. Though Congress has adopted deficit-reduction measures that call for it to make deep budget cuts in the coming years, NCTC hopes to continue to marshal its members’ efforts to defend the VITA services for which many policymakers have demonstrated support in years past.
You can read the full version of the written comments on the NCTC website.
By Sean Noble, Director of Public Policy & Research