Schedule C Initiative to Continue for 2013 Filing Season
IRS leadership has partially reversed its mid-October decision that limited VITA scope to assisting only self-employed individuals that meet the criteria for filing a Schedule C-EZ tax return. The IRS now is permitting the 16 programs of the Schedule C Initiative to continue to assist clients with Schedule C filings during the upcoming 2013 tax-filing season.
After soliciting guidance from the VITA field about the effects of reducing the scope of self-employment tax assistance, NCTC worked closely with IRS SPEC leadership to respond to these concerns and develop a solution that still allows low- and moderate-income, self-employed taxpayers to be served at VITA sites.
Of course, this does not guarantee these same programs will maintain this scope in future years. It is important to try to guarantee that the Schedule C Initiative is maintained – and hopefully expanded – in future tax seasons. Thus, NCTC will work closely with the 16 participating programs, CFED, and IRS SPEC to ensure high-quality services and tax preparation assistance are consistently delivered.
It is our hope that yet another successful season will provide the best possible evidence for continuing and growing this initiative.
For more information about the Schedule C Initiative, please contact Cassidy Fallik, Special Projects Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Holden Weisman, Policy Analyst