September 19, 1990
Seventeen Volunteer Individuals &
At a ceremony here marking the 20th anniversary of IRS-sponsored
volunteer programs, the Internal Revenue Service today honored
17 individuals and organizations that have made exceptional
contributions to volunteer programs to help taxpayers.
In remarks at the ceremony, Commissioner Fred T. Goldberg, Jr.
noted that IRS volunteers have a long tradition of helping those
most in need, including low-income and elderly individuals and
people with disabilities.
Among those honored today were:
- A woman who, with her staff of 25 other volunteers, helped more
than 3,800 taxpayers prepare their returns this year in the
- California State University at Northridge, which has more than 90
multilingual volunteers who help taxpayers in a variety of
- North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, where
instructor and student volunteers have offered free tax
assistance to the community since 1965.
This past filing season marked the 20th anniversary of the
IRS's commitment to provide help to taxpayers through the efforts
Each year specially trained volunteers provide tax information,
hand out tax forms and publications, answer tax questions, help
owners of small businesses and help taxpayers complete basic tax
returns -- all free of charge. In 1990 over 80,000 volunteers
helped 8 million taxpayers, including the 4 million high school
students participating in the Understanding Taxes program.
IRS-sponsored volunteer programs began in the 1970 filing
season when 7,500 volunteers helped about 100,000 taxpayers as part
of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, or VITA. In 1990,
VITA volunteers alone helped over 1.2 million taxpayers.
Tax Counseling for the Elderly, or TCE, was set up in 1978 to
help taxpayers age 60 and over. Like VITA volunteers, they work in
neighborhood locations such as shopping malls, churches and
community centers. TCE volunteers also visit retirement homes and
hospitals and visit people who are homebound. In 1990, TCE
volunteers alone helped almost 1.3 million taxpayers.
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