|By Marketwired .||
|November 13, 2013 04:54 PM EST||
WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - November 13, 2013) - National Disability Institute and the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) Stakeholder Partnership, Education and Communication (SPEC) Division announced today that its nine-year collaboration to provide accessible, free volunteer income tax assistance to people with disabilities has resulted in more than 1.9 million Americans with disabilities moving toward greater financial stability by receiving more than $1.8 billion in tax refunds.
IRS Wage and Investment Deputy Commissioner for Support Debra Holland, IRS Associate Director, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Chief of the IRS Disability Office TJ Cannady and other IRS employees joined representatives from National Disability Institute and its public and private partners including Goodwill Industries International and United Way Worldwide at IRS Headquarters in Washington, DC, to kick off the tenth year of a successful partnership that has expanded services to citizens with disabilities by promoting full inclusion and increasing capacities of tax coalitions and asset development groups to better serve people with disabilities at a local, state and national level.
Since National Disability Institute and the IRS joined forces in 2004 to better serve taxpayers with disabilities and engaged more than 900 community tax coalitions, asset development and disability organizations across America, the number of persons with disabilities accessing free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) services and realizing they qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) as well as other tax credits has more than doubled, from 6 percent to more than 13 percent. As a result of the initiative, taxpayers with disabilities have also saved an estimated $407 million in tax preparer fees.
"As the first national organization dedicated exclusively to the economic empowerment of people with disabilities, National Disability Institute is proud of its partnership with the IRS and the hundreds of government agencies, organizations and businesses across the country who are part of our Real Economic Impact Network and committed to embracing and promoting access to the economic mainstream for Americans with disabilities," said Michael Morris, National Disability Institute's Executive Director. "Of the more than 54 million Americans with disabilities, nearly one in three Americans with disabilities lives in poverty. That's nearly double the national poverty rate and among the highest poverty rate for any underserved population in our country. Increased access to free volunteer tax preparation services and Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) eligibility education has helped Americans with disabilities keep more of the money they earn and take important steps toward greater financial capability."
"The IRS appreciates the National Disability Institute and all our partner organizations for reaching out and helping Americans with disabilities through programs like the Real Economic Impact initiative," said Peggy Bogadi, IRS Wage and Investment division commissioner. "This partnership is making a real difference in the lives of people with disabilities by providing access to tools and services such as free tax return preparation and EITC education."
In addition to Holland and Cannady from IRS, and Morris and Dr. Johnette Harnett, Director of Strategy & Research from National Disability Institute, event speakers included representatives from National Disability Institute's non-profit partners in the MyFreeTaxes partnership: Amanda Ponzar, Director of Key Stakeholder Communications at United Way Worldwide, and Kammi Siemens, Program Director of Family Financial Stability for Goodwill Industries International. Hartnett, Ponzar and Siemens provided a 2013 recap and 2014 preview of MyFreeTaxes, a national initiative of Goodwill Industries International, National Disability Institute and United Way Worldwide funded by the Walmart Foundation that provides free federal and state online and in-person tax preparation and filing services to people earning $58,000 or less per year.
In addition to spotlighting National Disability Institute's outreach on behalf of the MyFreeTaxes partnership to expand free tax preparation services to people with and without disabilities in the public workforce system (American Job Centers) and veterans, Hartnett highlighted tools, training and technical assistance provided by National Disability Institute to help tax and asset building coalitions expand their capacity to serve people with disabilities. Tools include a virtual toolkit on serving taxpayers with disabilities, the Tax Access project created with the Southeast ADA Center that provides a hotline and information to VITA coalitions around the country to answer accommodation and other questions confidentially related to the Americans with Disabilities Act, a free online training course for VITA volunteers on serving people with disabilities, a series of national webinars, and continued training and technical assistance for tax coalitions nationwide to expand service to taxpayers with disabilities.
As part of the event, National Disability Institute and IRS convened a federal agency panel of experts to discuss financial stability initiatives impacting people with disabilities at their various organizations. L'Tanya Brooks, IRS Director of Media & Publications, moderated the panel which included Cannady, Chief of the IRS Disability Office; Josh Beck, Attorney Advisor to the National Taxpayer Advocate at IRS's Taxpayer Advocate Service; William F. Russo, Deputy Director, Office of General Counsel Office of Regulation of Policy Management, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; David Sieminski, Policy Analyst at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB); and Lekeshia Frasure, Community Affairs Specialist at the Federal Deposit Insurance Company (FDIC).
National Disability Institute honored three national leaders for their commitment and service to advancing the economic self-sufficiency and financial capability of people with disabilities. Disability advocate Madeleine Will was honored with the inaugural Allen Jensen Humanitarian Public Policy Award, given to an honoree who has created effective change for the good of others by identifying gaps in existing policy or services and convening and coordinating partnerships to solve them successfully. The award is named in memory of Allen C. Jensen of the Center for Health Services Research and Policy at George Washington University. As a member of the professional staff of the sub-committee on human resources of the U.S. House Committee on Ways & Means, Jensen pioneered policies affecting people with disabilities such as social services programs and the Supplemental Security Income programs.
Will was honored with the Allen Jensen Award for her more than 30 years of advocacy on behalf of persons with disabilities and her leadership in establishing services nationally for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families, her promotion of inclusion in general education classrooms for students with disabilities and her creation of transition and supported employment programs for students. A former assistant secretary of the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services (OSERS) in the U.S. Department of Education and policy advocate, Will currently serves as the chief policy officer of the Collaboration to Promote Self-Determination (CPSD), a coalition of 18 national disability organizations co-founded by her which seeks to modernize the federal adult system of services and supports for persons with disabilities. Will also serves on National Disability Institute's board of directors.
Nina Olson, the National Taxpayer Advocate, received National Disability Institute's Ron Smith Federal Employee Award, presented annually to a federal employee who works to advance the economic self-sufficiency of people with disabilities. Smith, a retired IRS senior manager who built national partnerships between the IRS and community organizations to increase outreach to low-income taxpayers regarding benefits they were entitled to under the tax code, was on hand to present the award named in his honor. Smith serves on National Disability Institute's board of directors.
Olson is the National Taxpayer Advocate, the voice of the taxpayer before the IRS and Congress. She leads the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS), an independent organization within the IRS. Olson's agency helps taxpayers resolve problems and works for systemic change in the IRS and the U.S. tax code. Olson was honored for her continued advocacy on behalf of taxpayers with disabilities, including her support for increased accessibility to IRS forms and services.
Susan Mazrui, Director of Global Public Policy for AT&T Services, Inc., received National Disability Institute's Richard Keeling Leadership Award, presented annually to a person with a disability that has advanced access to the economic mainstream for people with disabilities on a national and/or local level. The award is named for Richard Keeling, a senior tax analyst at IRS SPEC, who works with the IRS's Taxpayers with Disabilities program that provides increased access to tax information, free tax preparation services and other asset building strategies to advance greater economic self-sufficiency for people with disabilities.
Mazrui was honored for her work on disability-related public policy issues. She continues to advocate on behalf of the needs of people with disabilities in the communications arena and has served two terms on the Federal Communications Commission's Consumer Advisory Committee and the national advisory committee for the Telecommunications Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center and the Information and Technology Technical Assistance and Training Center (ITTATC).
National Disability Institute's sponsors the Walmart Foundation, the Bank of America Foundation, Acorda Therapeutics and the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University were also recognized for their support.
"National Disability Institute, IRS and our national and local community partners in the field have helped achieve real economic impact for millions of Americans with disabilities. By providing access to tax preparation savings and valuable credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit that resulted in billions of dollars in refunds in credits for people with disabilities that may have been left on the table without this outreach and education," said Dr. Hartnett, National Disability Institute's Director of Strategy & Research.
In 2014, National Disability Institute will continue to grow its Real Economic Impact Network by expanding its virtual trainings, technical assistance and tools to reach more tax coalitions, asset development, individuals with disabilities, disability organizations and other agencies and groups dedicated to economic empowerment.
For more information on National Disability Institute and the Real Economic Impact Network visit http://www.realeconomicimpact.org.
About National Disability Institute
National Disability Institute (NDI) is national non-profit organization dedicated to building a better economic future for people with disabilities. The first national organization committed exclusively to championing economic empowerment, financial education, asset development and financial stability for all persons with disabilities, National Disability Institute effects change through public education, policy development, training, technical assistance and innovative initiatives. National Disability Institute and its Real Economic Impact (REI) Network have helped nearly 2 million people with disabilities receive more than $1.8 billion in tax refunds and credits. To learn more, visit www.realeconomicimpact.org
The following files are available for download:
National Disability Institute
*Event photos available upon request
Aspose.Total for .NET is the most complete package of all file format APIs for .NET as offered by Aspose. It empowers developers to create, edit, render, print and convert between a wide range of popular document formats within any .NET, C#, ASP.NET and VB.NET applications. Aspose compiles all .NET APIs on a daily basis to ensure that it contains the most up to date versions of each of Aspose .NET APIs. If a new .NET API or a new version of existing APIs is released during the subscription peri...
Aug. 25, 2016 10:45 PM EDT Reads: 1,855
Today we can collect lots and lots of performance data. We build beautiful dashboards and even have fancy query languages to access and transform the data. Still performance data is a secret language only a couple of people understand. The more business becomes digital the more stakeholders are interested in this data including how it relates to business. Some of these people have never used a monitoring tool before. They have a question on their mind like “How is my application doing” but no id...
Aug. 25, 2016 10:15 PM EDT Reads: 1,706
Identity is in everything and customers are looking to their providers to ensure the security of their identities, transactions and data. With the increased reliance on cloud-based services, service providers must build security and trust into their offerings, adding value to customers and improving the user experience. Making identity, security and privacy easy for customers provides a unique advantage over the competition.
Aug. 25, 2016 09:15 PM EDT Reads: 2,187
Qosmos has announced new milestones in the detection of encrypted traffic and in protocol signature coverage. Qosmos latest software can accurately classify traffic encrypted with SSL/TLS (e.g., Google, Facebook, WhatsApp), P2P traffic (e.g., BitTorrent, MuTorrent, Vuze), and Skype, while preserving the privacy of communication content. These new classification techniques mean that traffic optimization, policy enforcement, and user experience are largely unaffected by encryption. In respect wit...
Aug. 25, 2016 09:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,691
Kubernetes, Docker and containers are changing the world, and how companies are deploying their software and running their infrastructure. With the shift in how applications are built and deployed, new challenges must be solved. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at19th Cloud Expo, Sebastian Scheele, co-founder of Loodse, will discuss the implications of containerized applications/infrastructures and their impact on the enterprise. In a real world example based on Kubernetes, he will show how to ...
Aug. 25, 2016 08:45 PM EDT Reads: 1,371
Using new techniques of information modeling, indexing, and processing, new cloud-based systems can support cloud-based workloads previously not possible for high-throughput insurance, banking, and case-based applications. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, John Newton, CTO, Founder and Chairman of Alfresco, described how to scale cloud-based content management repositories to store, manage, and retrieve billions of documents and related information with fast and linear scalability. He addres...
Aug. 25, 2016 06:30 PM EDT Reads: 1,918
Is the ongoing quest for agility in the data center forcing you to evaluate how to be a part of infrastructure automation efforts? As organizations evolve toward bimodal IT operations, they are embracing new service delivery models and leveraging virtualization to increase infrastructure agility. Therefore, the network must evolve in parallel to become equally agile. Read this essential piece of Gartner research for recommendations on achieving greater agility.
Aug. 25, 2016 05:15 PM EDT Reads: 644
SYS-CON Events announced today that Hitrons Solutions will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Hitrons Solutions Inc. is distributor in the North American market for unique products and services of small and medium-size businesses, including cloud services and solutions, SEO marketing platforms, and mobile applications.
Aug. 25, 2016 04:15 PM EDT Reads: 434
Smart Cities are here to stay, but for their promise to be delivered, the data they produce must not be put in new siloes. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Mathias Herberts, Co-founder and CTO of Cityzen Data, will deep dive into best practices that will ensure a successful smart city journey.
Aug. 25, 2016 03:30 PM EDT Reads: 1,490
DevOps at Cloud Expo, taking place Nov 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 19th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time to wait for long dev...
Aug. 25, 2016 03:15 PM EDT Reads: 2,216
Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 19th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the most profound change in personal and enterprise IT since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago. All major researchers estimate there will be tens of billions devices - comp...
Aug. 25, 2016 02:00 PM EDT Reads: 3,547
SYS-CON Events announced today that Venafi, the Immune System for the Internet™ and the leading provider of Next Generation Trust Protection, will exhibit at @DevOpsSummit at 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Venafi is the Immune System for the Internet™ that protects the foundation of all cybersecurity – cryptographic keys and digital certificates – so they can’t be misused by bad guys in attacks...
Aug. 25, 2016 01:00 PM EDT Reads: 2,596
The 19th International Cloud Expo has announced that its Call for Papers is open. Cloud Expo, to be held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, brings together Cloud Computing, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, Digital Transformation, Microservices and WebRTC to one location. With cloud computing driving a higher percentage of enterprise IT budgets every year, it becomes increasingly important to plant your flag in this fast-expanding business opportuni...
Aug. 25, 2016 01:00 PM EDT Reads: 3,892
As the world moves toward more DevOps and Microservices, application deployment to the cloud ought to become a lot simpler. The Microservices architecture, which is the basis of many new age distributed systems such as OpenStack, NetFlix and so on, is at the heart of Cloud Foundry - a complete developer-oriented Platform as a Service (PaaS) that is IaaS agnostic and supports vCloud, OpenStack and AWS. Serverless computing is revolutionizing computing. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Raghav...
Aug. 25, 2016 12:45 PM EDT Reads: 592
DevOps at Cloud Expo – being held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA – announces that its Call for Papers is open. Born out of proven success in agile development, cloud computing, and process automation, DevOps is a macro trend you cannot afford to miss. From showcase success stories from early adopters and web-scale businesses, DevOps is expanding to organizations of all sizes, including the world's largest enterprises – and delivering real results. Am...
Aug. 25, 2016 12:15 PM EDT Reads: 3,387