Last month, the House Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee released a preliminary bill that would slash the funding for the VITA program in half from $15 million to $7.5 million.
The House Appropriations Committee is marking up this bill on Thursday, and we need your help to ensure that VITA is fully funded (at $15 million in 2018) so states can continue to provide vital community tax preparation services to hard-working Americans.
Keep reading to learn more about what you can do to help preserve this vital program!
We’re asking you to call your representative and tell them to ensure that VITA funding remains at $15 million for FY 2018.
Here is a sample script, which you should feel free to modify as necessary:
Hello, my name is [your name] from [your organization or coalition] in [Representative's district, name, city and ZIP code], and I’m calling to request that Representative [Representative’s last name] protect the Community Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) matching grants program. This program was cut in the FY18 House Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill from its FY17 funding level of $15 million to $7.5 million. The VITA program leverages volunteer support to provide free tax preparation services to millions of low- and moderate-income working individuals and families in some of the most underserved and hardest-to-reach communities across the country. I am deeply concerned about how this will affect our community. [Include brief VITA data from your community or state.] I’m requesting that Representative [Representative’s last name] take every action to ensure that the VITA program receives $15 million in funding in the FY18 final House Appropriations bill.
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Thanks for your continued effort to protect and strengthen VITA. We need to make sure that Congress hears us loud and clear, so please take a few minutes to take this action and then forward this email to your Networks and coalitions, encouraging them to do the same.