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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program Permanence Signed into Law

Washington, July 2, 2019 Contact: Ann Tumolo (202-225-3164)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Brad Wenstrup (OH-02) released the following statement after President Trump signed The Taxpayer First Act into law. The Taxpayer First Act includes the legislation Congressman Wenstrup introduced with Congressman Danny Davis (D-IL), the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Permanence Act (H.R. 1875). H.R. 1875 makes the VITA matching grant program permanent, ensuring VITA sites can continue to provide quality tax-filing services.

“Families across Ohio rely on VITA centers, and the thousands of knowledgeable VITA volunteers, to help them file their taxes correctly.  I’m grateful to Rep. Danny Davis for working with me on the VITA Permanence Act of 2019 to preserve these important programs for needy families. I’m proud to see our bill become law,” said Congressman Brad Wenstrup (OH-02).

Background:

VITA centers offer free tax help to people who generally make $55,000 or less, persons with disabilities, and limited English-speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide this free basic income tax return preparation to qualified individuals.

There are 3,700 VITA sites nationwide, with 19 sites in OH-02. Those 19 sites prepared 5,554 returns last year.

To find a VITA site near you, please visit the IRS’ website, here.

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