MEDIA ADVISORY: Tomorrow, United Way Miami-Dade to Testify at Ways and Means Hearing on Taxpayer Experience with the IRS

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Washington, D.C., December 12, 2017 | Joanna Rodriguez (202-225-2778) | comments

Tomorrow morning, the House Ways and Means Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight will host a hearing on the taxpayer experience with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The hearing will include testimony from United Way Miami-Dade about their critical Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program work.


Representative Carlos Curbelo (FL-26), South Florida’s only Member on the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee and the sponsor of the VITA Permanence Act, welcomed United Way Miami-Dade’s participation in the hearing.


“While the leadership of the IRS has been the subject of controversy in recent years, the work done through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program must continue,” Curbelo said. “The VITA program is critical for low-income Americans and ensures tax payers can confidently file returns without fear of being scammed by fraudulent preparers. I’m grateful to have United Way Miami-Dade here tomorrow to discuss their work to help South Florida families keep more money in their pockets and their important role combatting the rampant identity fraud that is often regrettably found in South Florida.”


“United Way Miami-Dade’s VITA Coalition collaborates with partners across our community to provide low-income South Florida families with free tax preparation services and financial coaching,” said Karina Ron, director of United Way Miami-Dade’s Center for Financial Stability. “Working with a network of over 50 sites, our team works year-round to make sure South Florida’s neediest families know where to turn to for answers to all their questions and how to keep more of their hard-earned paychecks in their pocket. We’re grateful to Representative Curbelo and the Ways and Means Committee for the opportunity to have this important conversation and look forward to discussing the need for a strong VITA program.”


Curbelo has been a consistent advocate for the VITA program. Earlier this year, Curbelo introduced the “Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Permanence Act of 2017,” H.R. 2901, bipartisan legislation to permanently extend the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. He also led a group of 55 bipartisan Members of Congress in a letter to urge House Appropriations leaders to provide full and robust funding for these programs. Curbelo also urged Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin to protect funding for programs like VITA during a Ways and Means Committee hearing earlier this year.


This hearing is open to credentialed press and will be live-streamed here


Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Ways and Means Committee Hearing on the Taxpayer Experience with the Internal Revenue Service

Approximately 10:00 a.m. ET

Ways and Means Committee Room

1100 Longworth House Office Building

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