The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program has been around for half a century yet, despite being recognized as a model private-public partnership, it has never been put into law. That could change this week. The Senate just voted in favor of VITA permanence, and we need House Representatives to do the same. Now is the time to call your Representative and tell them why VITA should be permanent!
Please take a moment to use our auto-dial tool below to call your Representative and ask them to vote support VITA permanence in the IRS bill just passed by the Senate. If this is your first time taking action here, please enter your contact information so that we can locate your Representative. Once you click "Call", the auto-dialer will connect you directly to your Representative's office. Once connected, here's what you can say:
"My name is friend and I’m a constituent of yours residing here in your state. I’m calling to request that you support the IRS bill that was just passed by the Senate. The bill includes language that would make the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program permanent in the IRS tax code. The VITA program serves millions of low-income taxpayers by organizing IRS-certified volunteers who offer free tax filing services. The number of tax returns prepared by the VITA program doubled between the 2014 (1.9 million) and 2016 (3.8 million) tax filing seasons, saving hardworking families an average of $273. For these families, saving that $273 for groceries, utility bills or an emergency savings account can make all the difference in the world. In order to continue serving the community through over 4,300 sites nationwide, the VITA program relies on federal funding from Congress each year. With your support, we can permanently authorize the program in the tax code and ensure hardworking families always have access to free tax preparation. Please vote YES when it comes up for a vote in the House."