EITC Campaign Director
As we recognize the fourth annual Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Awareness Day today, we also celebrate 50 years of VITA. This IRS-sponsored program trains volunteers to help millions of low- and moderate-income people file their taxes by providing accurate, free, and trustworthy tax preparation assistance. VITA sites are located across the country at community settings like libraries, community organizations, churches, and universities.
VITA fulfills four critical tax preparation needs:
Beyond helping taxpayers get the most out of their tax refund and claim tax credits for which they may be eligible, like the Earned Income Tax Credit, VITA helps build local economies. That’s because people tend to use tax refunds and the money they save on tax preparation to pay bills and support local businesses. Check out VITA’s impact in your state.
In celebrating VITA Awareness Day and everyone in the VITA family — from site coordinators, tax preparers, intake specialists, and greeters, to host organizations, outreach coalitions, and clients — we also acknowledge the need to keep strengthening this underfunded program so that it can expand its impact.
To learn more about free tax filing and refundable tax credits, visit CBPP’s Get It Back Campaign, a national effort to promote tax credits that provide critical support for low-income workers.