We, the member organizations of the Wake EITC Coalition (“Partners”) shall fulfill the obligations set forth in this assurance in consideration of and for the purpose of obtaining Federal property or other Federal financial assistance from the Internal Revenue Service. As such, each partner agrees:
1. To conduct its activities and its sub-recipients’ activities so that no person is excluded from participation in, is denied the benefits of, or is subject to discrimination, as prohibited by the statutes identified in paragraph 2, in the distribution of services and/or benefits provided under this financial assistance program.
2. To compile and submit information to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) External Civil Rights Unit concerning its compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Pub L. 88-352), as amended, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Pub L. 93-112), as amended, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Pub L. 92-318), as amended, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975 (Pub L. 94-135), as amended, in accordance with those laws and the implementing regulations. All Civil Rights Assurances signed by sub-recipients will be compiled and maintained by its “Partner” and submitted to the IRS External Civil Rights Unit upon request.
3. Within 30 days of any finding issued by a Federal or State court or by a Federal or State administrative agency that the “Partner” has discriminated on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in the delivery of its service or benefits, a copy of such finding shall be forwarded to the IRS External Civil Rights Unit at the following address: NHQ: EEO:D Attn: William H. Williams Director, External Civil Rights Unit 1111 Constitution Avenue N.W. Room 2422 Washington, DC 20224
4. To inform the public that persons who believe they have been discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability, in the distribution of services and benefits resulting from this financial assistance program may file a complaint with the Director, External Civil Rights Unit, U.S. Department of Treasury. Civil rights posters indicating the process for filing complaints of discrimination
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from the public must be conspicuously displayed at all times at each “Partner’s” location, as well as by its sub-recipients.
5. To investigate all complaints of discrimination filed by the public against the “Partner” that is directly related to the service and/or benefit provided by this IRS financial assistance program. The “Partner” will be responsible for compiling and maintaining a record of these complaints at their location and also the resulting investigative report conducted by the “Partner” or any investigatory agency. The “Partner” shall notify the IRS External Civil Rights Unit, within 30 days after receipt of the complaint regarding any potential complaint investigation that is or will be conducted by the “Partner” or its “Sub-recipient”.
Partners or sub-recipients receiving Federal financial assistance in the form of personal property or real property or interest therein shall be obligated to comply with this assurance for the period during which the property is used for a purpose for which the Federal financial assistance is extended. Partners and sub-recipients receiving Federal financial assistance in a form other than personal property or real property or interest therein shall be obligated to comply with this assurance for a period of one filing season. If the authorized official has changed during the effective one year filing season, another signed and dated assurance will be required by the new authorized official and submitted to the IRS External Civil Rights Unit at the above address.
Note: Each “Partner” that provides services in conjunction with the VITA and TaxAide programs agrees to the legal provisions above.
Legal or Tax Advice
Please note that from time to time, “Partners” may answer questions regarding certain tax law provisions. “Partners” shall only provide answers to tax law provisions within the capacity in which they are trained to do so. Volunteers that serve at VITA and TaxAide sites are protected from prosecution for mistakes or advice given as long as they restrict such activities to within the confines of what they are trained to do. In no instance does any information provided by a VITA or TaxAide “Partner” qualify as legal advice and such information should not be misconstrued as legal advice. This waketax.org website also falls within the confines of such protections. Any portion of this website that references legal provisions is done so only for the benefit of the general public. Such references to tax law are provided solely as information for public benefit and should not be misconstrued as legal advice or tax advice.