Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Matching Grant Program


Funding Opportunity ID: 326633
Opportunity Number: VITA-2021-001
Opportunity Title: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Matching Grant Program
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Other (see text field entitled “Explanation of Other Category of Funding Activity” for clarification)
Category Explanation: Tax preparation for low-to-moderate-income individuals and families.
CFDA Number(s): 21.009
Eligible Applicants: Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Private institutions of higher education
Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility: Local governments
Agency Code: USDOT-IRS
Agency Name: US Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service
Posted Date: May 01, 2020
Close Date: Jun 01, 2020
Last Updated Date: Apr 29, 2020
Award Ceiling: $0
Award Floor: $0
Estimated Total Program Funding: $25,000,000
Expected Number of Awards: 300
Description: This funding allows the Stakeholder Partnerships, Education and Communication (SPEC) organization within the IRS to provide grants to partner organizations to achieve the following program objectives: Enable the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program to extend services to underserved populations in hardest-to-reach areas, both urban and non-urban; Increase the capacity to file returns electronically; Heighten quality control; Enhance training of volunteers; Improve significantly the accuracy rate of returns prepared at VITA sites. VITA Program offers free tax help for low to moderate income individuals (defined by the earned income tax credit (EITC) threshold), persons with disabilities, persons with limited English proficiency, Native Americans, individuals living in rural areas, members of the Armed Forces and their spouses, and the elderly. The VITA Grant supplements the work already being done in the VITA Program by providing support to help organizations grow their existing programs for free federal tax return preparation. VITA programs that receive a VITA grant must primarily serve low- to moderate-income taxpayers. At least 90 percent of individuals served must not have an adjusted gross income (AGI) that exceeds the earned income tax credit (EITC) guidelines. VITA grantees may provide tax preparation assistance to some taxpayers with income in excess of this annual AGI limitation without jeopardizing their grantee status if the 90% requirement is met.
Version: 2
Modification Comments: Updated Grantor Contact information

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