Tell congress to Increase VITA program funding

Published on August 16, 2022 in

In 2021, more than 2,800 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites prepared almost one million tax returns, generating $1.7 billion in refunds to low- and moderate-income households in local communities. When families are financially struggling, a tax refund or a federal stimulus payment can be a lifeline, helping to meet daily needs. Now is the time for congress to prioritize increasing VITA program funding to ensure all households have access to the tax relief and support available to them.  

According to United Way’s ALICE Report, even before the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly 40 percent of households in Michigan could not afford all their basic necessities. The VITA program provides working families with free and reliable tax preparation services, allowing them to access critical tax refunds like the Child Tax Credit and the Earned Income Tax Credit, which can be used to purchase groceries, pay bills and build emergency savings. 

Over the last two years, VITA programs quickly worked to identify, plan for and deploy alternative service delivery models of tax preparation to continue serving their communities throughout the pandemic. With many VITA sites running at full capacity, an increase in funding would help sites hire new staff, build and expand programs and increase outreach efforts in order to  serve more people. 

Given the significant return on investment we get from VITA, and the growing demand for quality free tax assistance, Congress should prioritize the funding for the Community Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Matching Grant Program. 

Email your legislator today to request $45 million to fund VITA in the fiscal year of 2023. 

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Tell Michigan legislators to prioritize increasing VITA program funding!