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  • Annual Filing Season Program

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    The Annual Filing Season Program (or AFSP) is a voluntary Internal Revenue Service (IRS) program designed to incentivize non-credentialed tax return preparers to participate in continuing education (CE) courses. Participants receive an Annual Filing Season Program - Record of Completion, which may be displayed to prospective clients as a way to stand out in the marketplace and to demonstrate tax knowledge and filing competency. AFSP tax preparers will also be listed in The Directory of Federal Tax Return Preparers with Credentials and Select Qualifications, a public information database on the IRS website.

  • IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program

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    The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is an initiative sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service. Founded in 1971 by Gary Iskowitz at California State University, Northridge. Since the 1970s the program has blossomed to several thousand sites nationwide partnering with non-profit organizations, city governments, and major public universities to file millions of returns every year. In Tax Year 2015 3.7 million returns were filed with a 94% accuracy rate according to Frank Nolden, Director of Stakeholder Partnerships, Education, and Communication/SPEC. The program is intended to service low to moderate-income tax payers, which the IRS has defined for the scope of the program as those individuals and families making less than $54,000 per year. Returns are prepared by IRS tax law certified volunteers. Certificates in the program start at Basic, followed by Advanced, Health Savings Account/HSA, Military, International, Foreign Student, and Puerto Rico although may vary from partner to partner. Some military bases such as Like Air Force Base participate in the program in which IRS agents train service members to do military taxes.

  • Income tax in India

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    Income Tax in India The Constitution of India → Schedule VII → Union List → Entry 82 has given the power to the Central Government to levy a tax on any income other than agricultural income, which is defined in Section 10(1) of the Income Tax Act, 1961. The Income Tax Law consists of Income Tax Act 1961, Income Tax Rules 1962, Notifications and Circulars issued by Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), Annual Finance Acts and judicial pronouncements by the Supreme Court and High Courts. The government imposes a tax on taxable income of all persons who are individuals, Hindu Undivided Families (HUF's), companies, firms, LLP, association of persons, body of individuals, local authority and any other artificial juridical person. Levy of tax on a person depends upon his residential status. The CBDT administers the Income Tax Department, which is a part of the Department of Revenue under the Ministry of Finance, Govt. of India. Income tax is a key source of funds that the government uses to fund its activities and serve the public. The Income Tax Department is the biggest revenue mobilizer for the Government.

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