Q&A on Volunteer Training, Certification Changes
A new questions-and-answers document can help resolve some of the confusion that many VITA programs are understandably encountering regarding delays in volunteer -training materials and products for the 2013 tax-filing season.
The IRS SPEC office (Stakeholder Partnerships, Education, and Communications) announced the delays in mid-October, as programs were preparing for a new tax season and volunteer training and certification. SPEC also outlined several changes in the way various aspects of training and certification are typically handled.
The decisions were based on delays in final approval of draft tax forms and tax-law updates – prompted largely, in turn, by Congressional inaction on important tax laws.
With help from the VITA field, NCTC assembled some of the most pressing questions about new expectations for training, certification, and related materials and products. SPEC provided answers, including some feedback obtained from TaxWise.
NCTC thanks our partners for their help, and we hope the resulting Q&A document will help VITA programs with preparations for another successful – if sometimes challenging! – tax season.
By Sean Noble, Director of Public Policy & Research