The Volunteer Tax and Loan Program (VTLP), ABDC’s largest program, is a unique multi-faceted program that provides tax assistance to underserved, hard-to-reach, low income rural residents of partner communities. ABDC coordinates with over 150 program contributors and recruits more than eighty volunteers to provide services to nearly 130 rural communities across ten regions of the state.
Direct face to face assistance with current year tax return preparation and taxpayer education is conducted during the months of February and March by teams of volunteers traveling to rural communities. Additionally, current year, prior year and amended return preparation as well as education and assistance with IRS controversy issues are conducted on a year-round basis from the Anchorage office. There is no charge to the individual for these services.
2015 marks the 20th year that the Volunteer Tax and Loan Program has provided tax related services to communities in rural Alaska. Thanks to all of the volunteers that have made this program a success and thanks to the numerous program contributors who’s funding has made the program possible.