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Tax Prep Dispatch

Tax Prep Dispatch is a periodic publication that provides coherent explanations, real-world examples and practical advice designed to improve the quality of income tax return preparation at VITA sites.

Unless otherwise noted, content is written by Barbara DelBene. If you have ideas for content that you'd like to see in an upcoming edition of Tax Prep Dispatch, email

May 12, 2017

Tax Prep Dispatch: Do It Yourself?

Learn how to deal with the aftermath of self-preppers gone wrong in this edition of Tax Prep Dispatch!

Apr 14, 2017

Tax Prep Dispatch: Tax Triage

Triage: the sorting of patients according to the urgency of their need for care. See how it fits in for the end of tax season in this Tax Prep Dispatch.

Apr 14, 2017

"I Need More Time!" Filing For Extensions

Do your clients need help filing for extensions? Read on to find out more!

Mar 31, 2017

"I'm Sorry": Apologizing for Tax Preparation Errors

Is it too late to say sorry? Join us for this latest edition of the Tax Prep Dispatch!

Mar 17, 2017

QSS from IRS Findings: Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

Want to learn how to use QSS reviews? You've come to the right place!

Mar 10, 2017

The Nine Common Filing Errors

How does VITA stack up to the IRS's nine common filing errors?

Mar 3, 2017

First Aid for Tax Returns Prepared Using TaxSlayer: ACA Exemptions

In the last Dispatch, we tackled premium tax credits. This one offers tips for preparing returns with ACA exemptions.

Feb 24, 2017

First Aid for Tax Returns Prepared Using TaxSlayer: Premium Tax Credits

The ACA PTCs got you feeling sick? We've got the medicine for you!

Feb 3, 2017

It’s a Tie! Who Gets the Kid?

One might assume that VITA returns are all pretty easy. Unfortunately, that is not always the case.

Jan 5, 2017

Return Preparer Misconduct

Understand the issue of Return Preparer Misconduct and avoid these four situations!

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