The EITC has no effect on certain public benefits for 12 months, such as Supplemental Security Income and Medicaid.
There are approximately 19.3 million veterans in the US, 3.8 of whom have service related disabilities.
Why Free Tax Preparation in an organization serving persons with disabilities?
PERHAPS A PARAGRAPH HERE ABOUT TAX RETURNS BEING CRUCIAL IN MOVING OUT OF POVERTY??
More Information for Taxpayers with Disabilities
Increase access to free tax prep options and add FREE services to your existing location
- Partner with VITA to offer free tax prep on-site in your facility during tax season
- Partner with regional tax coalitions to coordinate outreach to eligible individuals with disabilities and their families
- Recruit a VITA-certified Tax Coach to assist self-filers on MyFreeTaxes.com on-site within your organization.
- Encourage persons with disabilities to become certified as an IRS volunteer tax coach.
Ensure your free tax prep site is accessible to all persons including persons with disabilities
- Disability Awareness Training
- Effective Strategy Handouts
- Tax Access
- The TaxAccess Project is a pilot project that was started in 2011 to increase awareness and provide technical assistance to VITA sites in 6 pilot cities in the Southeast portion of the United States. The TaxAccess Project is a collaborative project between NDI's REI Tour and the Southeast ADA Center. The TaxAccess Project provide a forum (safe zone) for questions and answers via email communication to disability accessibility experts. Visit .
Expanding Free Tax Preparation in the Deaf Community
One of the best ways an organization can work towards effective communication access to the Deaf and hard-of-hearing community is to partner with the Deaf community. Through this collaboration, your organization doesn’t have to be the expert, but rather can learn about the diversity of the Deaf community, how/when to hire sign language interpreters and how your agencies may work together to leverage resources. Below is a list of tips on how to ensure your agency is inclusive of the Deaf community in free tax preparation and other services.
- Use ‘Deaf’ alongside ‘disability’ in messaging and include Deaf partners on any listserves your agency sends out
- Use symbols and pictures in handouts, PPTs, resources
- Nominate Deaf partners to serve on local/state committees
- Encourage partnership between your network and Deaf partners
- Connect with Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors for the Deaf (RCD)
- Connect with Schools for the Deaf/College Programs for the Deaf
- Connect with Centers for Independent living with Deaf Programs/Staff
- Connect with Mental Health and Developmental Disability Programs for Deaf
- Promote and use Video Relay Services with your Deaf partners
- Recommend/Initiate Deaf Taskforces for deeper collaboration and more complex challenges
Resources for Serving d/Deaf Taxpayers
For more on tax programs directed to serving individuals who are d/Deaf or hard of hearing contact Jamie Robinson firstname.lastname@example.org