Monthly Archives: April 2012

NCTC Sound Bytes & Volunteer Recognition Week

It's Volunteer Recognition Week!

In celebration of Volunteer Recognition Week, NCTC is offering a Sound Byte series of brief audio presentations (podcasts) that highlight ways to show your appreciation and gratitude to volunteers.

These new Sound Bytes will cover a wide range of topics for the field to learn from.

Please take a few minutes to gain insight and to learn new ideas related to thanking and retaining your volunteers by listening to these recordings.

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Low-Income Kids’ Tax Credit Threatened – Again

CTCAbout 3 million children from some of the nation’s poorest families could lose billions of dollars of targeted assistance through a proposal that’s resurfaced in Congress.

The plan would bar Additional Child Tax Credit access for households who file their taxes without a Social Security Number, a change that would hit immigrant families particularly hard. A wide variety of groups – from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to the National Immigration Law Center – have opposed the idea for endangering critical resources for many families who struggle the most. Read the rest of this entry

Introducing the Financial Aid U Training Institute

Financial Aid U

The Training Institute will allow the Financial Aid U program to impact more programs and students.

NCTC is happy to announce the opening of our new Financial Aid U Training Institute! In conjunction with the Citi Foundation, NCTC created the Training Institute to educate and train new, selected organizations to implement FAFSA preparation services in their communities.

Since 2008, Financial Aid U (FAU) has helped thousands of students seek financial aid and apply to college. Through FAU, community-based organizations like yours provide students with the assistance they need to find financial aid resources that will help them pay for postsecondary education.

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2013 VITA Grant Application Now Available

VITA ApplicationIRS has announced that application instruction packages are now available on IRS.gov for the 2013 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and Tax Counseling for the Elderly grant programs.

The application period extends from May 1 through May 31, 2012. IRS will be hosting an informational webinar to go through the package and answer your questions.

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More Downs Than Ups For State, Local VITA Funding

ChartA decline in state and local funding continues to hit struggling households’ free tax preparation services, according to our recent survey – and that, in turn, hits families’ wallets.

Forty-three individuals from 29 states and the District of Columbia responded to the National Community Tax Coalition’s recent survey on state policy and advocacy matters. Among other things, our poll attempted to gauge the level of state and local government support for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) benefiting low- and moderate-income, working households.

While our poll was unscientific, its main takeaway was fairly clear: In too many places, VITA can count on fewer and fewer resources with which to help families in dire need. Read the rest of this entry

Advocacy in Action: Elected Officials Visit United Way of Silicon Valley

Rep Honda at UWSVWe’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Reaching out to your elected officials to speak up for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance is extremely effective!

The United Way of Silicon Valley (UWSV) held a news conference earlier this week in San Jose, California that featured Congressman Mike Honda  – chief sponsor of federal legislation to strengthen VITA – as well as California State Controller John Chiang. Together, these policymakers spoke about the successes of the VITA program. Read the rest of this entry