Story last updated at 11/25/2008 - 4:35 pm
SEATTLE - The Internal Revenue Service has awarded $72,000 in a matching grant to support its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA), to the Alaska Business Development Center (ABDC).
ABDC's Volunteer Tax and Loan Program (VTLP) offers multiple tax assistance programs to rural Alaskan residents. Specifically, the VITA program run by VTLP provides tax preparation service for rural Alaskan residents free of charge to the individual taxpayer.
In collaboration with the University of Alaska Anchorage and other out-of-state universities ABDC provides these services by flying a team of qualified volunteers to rural communities who prepare tax returns on-site. Upon the tax team's return to Anchorage, the returns are e-filed from ABDC's office. Additionally, if an individual misses the team while in their community or if unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather preventing the team from making it to the community, taxpayers have the option of mailing their information into ABDC's office where their return is prepared.