VITA Champ Congressman Davis thanked during August Recess Meeting
As tax-policy questions fill the nation’s capital, Congressman Danny Davis received both thanks and encouragement for his related, anti-poverty efforts during a visit to NCTC member organization, Center for Economic Progress (CEP) on August 13th.
U.S. Rep. Davis, who represents Illinois’ 7th congressional district, visited CEP during one of its regular “Money Action Days” Tuesday. After tax season, CEP holds these monthly events so that tax and financial experts can continue to help hardworking, low-income families prepare their taxes, review credit reports, and obtain advice on complex tax situations – all at no cost.
Jackie Lynn Coleman, executive director of NCTC, and representatives from the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago were all on hand to thank Rep. Davis for his co-sponsorship of the VITA Act legislation (H.R. 341). This bill would protect and strengthen Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) services in several ways: codifying the program’s longstanding federal grant, giving local programs more flexibility to meet local needs, and establishing a national center to promote quality.
The VITA Act also addresses one of the major goals of tax-reform: how to best improve simplicity in the tax code and the return-filing process. This was reiterated to Rep. Davis, who serves on the U.S. House Ways & Means Committee, and recently helped to lead one of its tax-reform working groups – one devoted to the subject of education and family benefits. Considering that VITA helps struggling taxpayers navigate through a complicated tax code and filing process, protecting and strengthening the program must be a component of any reform proposal.
It is not too late to get in touch with your members of Congress during August. These messages about strengthening VITA and protecting low-income taxpayers during any attempts at reform are important for elected officials to hear from their constituents. You can use our materials to request a meeting, or print out our fact sheets and drop them by the district office.