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Taxpayer Bill of Rights Act Introduced, Shows Commitment to Working Families

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The Taxpayer Bill of Rights would authorize VITA grant funding at $35 million

Long-time Congressional friends of VITA recently reintroduced legislation that serves as a complement to NCTC’s own VITA Act: the Taxpayer Bill of Rights Act of 2012.

Congressman Xavier Becerra of California introduced H.R. 6050 in the House, and Senator Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico introduced S. 3352 in the Senate. The primary purpose of these identical, wide-ranging bills is to improve services and protect the rights of all taxpayers, particularly those with low or moderate incomes.

The VITA field and the working families who make use of its services should be glad to note that the Taxpayer Bill of Rights Act includes, among other things, a provision to authorize the VITA Matching Grant program at an annual amount of $35 million. Today, the appropriation totals $12 million. 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