Through its partnership with the VCU School of Social Work, the United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg and MetroCASH have received a 2012 VITA Grant Award of $55,750.
RICHMOND, Va. - Announced on November 1, 2011, United Way and MetroCASH have received a 2012 VITA Grant Award of $55,750. “It’s a great example of how our involvement is very tangibly benefiting the community, particularly on a key issue — income — that is very relevant right now,” said Dr. Tony Mallon, who has worked with MetroCASH for the past several years helping to build the organization’s capacity with grant funding he obtained from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund and with the support of the VCU Division of Community Engagement and the School of Social Work’s Research and Community Engagement Office. Directed by Associate Dean, Dr. Tim Davey, the School of Social Work’s Research and Community Engagement Office directs community-based research initiatives that provide a wide array of services to community agencies. These services include program evaluation, program design, service delivery and consultation.
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) grant program is an IRS initiative designed to promote and support free tax preparation service for the underserved, low-income populations. These include the elderly, disabled, limited-English-speaking, non-urban and native American taxpayers.
In November 2011, IRS awarded matching grants to 213 organizations that will be offering free tax preparation services during the 2012 tax filing season at locations in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Congress appropriated $12 million in funding to support the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. The VITA Grant Program is intended to provide direct funds to organizations to:
- Enable VITA programs 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 volunteer training
- Significantly improve the accuracy rate of returns prepared at volunteer sites
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