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Expanding the VITA Scope for the Self-Employed

Tax Year 2011 Schedule C VITA Pilot: Year 2

For the past two tax seasons, CFED, the National Community Tax Coalition (NCTC) and the IRS Stakeholder Partnerships, Education and Communication (IRS-SPEC) team have implemented a pilot initiative to test the viability of expanding limitations on VITA programs’ service offerings to reach more low-income entrepreneurs. This year, the 16 participating VITA programs served over 9,000 low-income self-employed individuals, some of whom might have been turned away from a typical VITA program because their returns fall outside of standard IRS parameters. Over the past two years, SETI has collected data from the participating VITA programs to document the pilot’s success and measure its impact. This year’s pilot experience is catalogued in the newly released report: “Expanding the VITA Scope for the Self-Employed: Tax Year 2011 Schedule C VITA Pilot,” which highlights the increasing importance of providing low-income entrepreneurs critical tax assistance to formalize their businesses and build wealth. CFED gratefully acknowledges the support of our funders, including the Hearst Foundation, the Sam's Club Giving Program, the New York Stock Exchange and the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

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