The Alaska Business Development Center, Inc. (ABDC) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit corporation that provides business consulting and tax related services to rural Alaska residents. Founded in 1978, ABDC provides quality assistance to individuals who do not have access to professional services due to their income, language barrier, or isolated geographic location.
ABDC’s mission is to promote financial stability and economic development in rural Alaska by providing small business consulting services as well as federal income tax return preparation, education, and assistance.
Volunteer Tax & Loan Program
The Volunteer Tax and Loan Program (VTLP), ABDC’s largest program, is a unique program that provides tax assistance to underserved, hard-to-reach, low-income rural residents of partner communities. During the months of February and March, teams of volunteers travel to rural communities to provide direct assistance with current year tax return preparation and taxpayer education, while assistance is provided year-round from the Anchorage office. Services are provided at no charge for qualifying individuals.
Services available under VTLP align with three IRS programs: Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC), Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA).