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H.R. 2901 (115th): Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Permanence Act of 2017

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About the bill

Source: Republican Policy Committee

H.R. 2901 codifies the Voluntary Income Tax Assistance matching grant program and provides that the Secretary of the Treasury may allocate, from appropriated funds, up to $30 million per year in matching grants to qualified entities for the development, expansion, or continuation of qualified tax return preparation programs assisting low-income taxpayers and members of underserved populations. The Secretary is also authorized to provide multi-year grants not to exceed three years.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), through its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program, currently partners with IRS-certified volunteer organizations to provide free tax return filing assistance to low-income populations, persons with disabilities, taxpayers with limited English proficiency, and other underserved communities. VITA originated from the IRS Reform Act of 1969. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2008 included funding for ...

Sponsor and status

Carlos Curbelo

Sponsor. Representative for Florida's 26th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jun 15, 2017
Length: 10 pages
Jun 15, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on April 17, 2018 but was never passed by the Senate.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


39 Cosponsors (24 Democrats, 15 Republicans)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

ICYMI: Curbelo Focuses Ways and Means Work on Tax Reforms to Benefit South Florida
    — Rep. Carlos Curbelo [R-FL26, 2015-2018] (Sponsor) on Aug 24, 2018

Roskam bills protecting taxpayers overwhelmingly pass House
    — Rep. Peter Roskam [R-IL6, 2007-2018] (Co-sponsor) on Apr 20, 2018

THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS - April 20, 2018
    — Rep. Gregorio Sablan [D-MP0] on Apr 23, 2018

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute estimates H.R. 2901 will add $150 million in new spending through 2023.


Jun 15, 2017

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Apr 11, 2018
Ordered Reported

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Apr 17, 2018
Passed House (Senate next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next. The vote was by voice vote so no record of individual votes was made.

H.R. 2901 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 2901. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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