Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Tax Year 2018

The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona (ITCA) Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is proud to have served the American Indian community and the community at large in providing free income tax preparation service since 2003.
For this year, the ITCA VITA site will be open to provide FREE income tax preparation for those with incomes of $55,000 or less. The VITA site will be open on the following dates:

Hours: Saturdays from 9:00am – 1:00pm

February 2, 2019 March 9, 2019 March 30, 2019
February 16, 2019 March 16, 2019 April 6, 2019
February 23, 2019 March 23, 2019 April 13, 2019

Closed: February 9, 2019 and March 2, 2019

Tax preparation is on a first-come, first serve basis and only a limited number of tax returns can be completed each session. Please plan accordingly.

What to bring:

  • Social Security cards (taxpayer, spouse, dependents)
  • Photo identification (tax filer, spouse)
  • Birthdates for filer, spouse, and dependents
  • All forms W-2 and 1099
  • Information for other income
  • Information for deductions/credits
  • Forms 1095
    • 1095-A: From healthcare marketplace (required)
    • 1095-B or C: Health Insurance Statements (not required but helpful)
  • Health Insurance Exemption Certificate (if received)
  • Amount paid to child care provider and their tax ID number
  • Copy of last year’s return (not required but helpful)
  • If filing joint, both you and spouse must be present to sign the return

No appointment necessary

Attached are several listings of VITA sites located within the valley.  For additional locations throughout the state, contact the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) at 800.906.9887 or at http://irs.treasury.gov/freetaxprep to confirm site locations and hours of operation. Thank you.

Import information to note for Tax Year 2018

Information on Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

IRS Publication 5307 – Tax Reform: Basics for Individuals and Families – provides information to help individual taxpayers understand the new law, take action, if necessary, and comply with your federal tax return filing requirements.


Some Refunds Delayed in 2019

The IRS will issue refunds starting February 27, 2019, for returns that claim the Earned Income Credit (EIC) or the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC). This applies to the entire refund, not just the portion associated with these credits. As in past years, the IRS will begin accepting and processing tax returns once the filing season begins. All taxpayers should file as usual, and tax return preparers should also submit returns as they normally do. Even though the IRS cannot issue refunds for some early filers until at least February 27, 2019, the IRS reminds taxpayers that most refunds will still be issued within the normal timeframe: 21 days or less, after being accepted for processing by the IRS.

IR-2019-07 – IRS kicks off 2019 tax-filing season as tax agency reopens; Use irs.gov to avoid phone delays https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-kicks-off-2019-tax-filing-season-as-tax-agency-reopens-use-irsgov-to-avoid-phone-delays.
For additional Hot Topics from the IRS, please go to https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/whats-hot.

My Free Taxes

The United Way in partnership with H&R Block is offering an online tax preparation software for service for qualified individuals to prepare their own federal and state income tax returns.  Information is available at http://www.myfreetaxes.com.

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Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Services Guide

For information on general tax law, getting a transcript or a copy of return, making a tax payment, or checking on status of a return, please click here for information guide.


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Indian Health Service – Tribal Leaders Diabetes Committee (TLDC)


Tribal Health Steering Committee for the Phoenix Area IHS Meeting

Monday, June 25, 2018
Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Poco Diablo Resort
1752 State Route 179
Sedona AZ 86336

PURPOSE: The Tribal Health Steering Committee for the Phoenix Area Indian Health Service (IHS) was officially confirmed in 1984 via a Memorandum of Understanding signed by Dr. Everett Rhodes, IHS Director, Dr. George Bluespruce, Phoenix Area IHS Director and Tribal Leaders representing the Intertribal Council of Nevada, the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona and the Tribes in Utah served by Phoenix Area IHS. The Committee is comprised of elected Tribal Leaders and an Urban Indian health program representative. It provides advisement to the IHS on appropriations, policies and programs. Steering Committee meetings are open to all Tribal government and Urban Indian health program representatives. The meetings focus on American Indian health risks and policy concerns in order to discuss, prioritize and advise the Phoenix Area IHS.

Meeting Summary

Phoenix Area Strategic Plan 2018-2019
National and Phoenix Area Strategic Plan

Tribal Health Steering Committee for the Phoenix Area Indian Health Service CHARTER

Phoenix Area Health Services Master Plan

Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Issue Letter
Tribal Technical Advisory Group Memo on Civil Rights Concerns




Tribal Dental Therapy Forum

On May 16, 2018, Governor Ducey signed HB 2235 into law that establishes dental therapy in Arizona and outlines requirements and permissions for dental therapists. Specific provisions in the law allow implementation of dental therapy in the Indian Health Service, Tribal, or Urban Indian Health Programs as soon as it is effective later this year in August 2018.

We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center
Wassaja Foyer 114
10438 North Fort McDowell Road
Scottsdale/Fountain Hills, AZ 85264

Memorandum and Agenda

Tribal Dental Therapy Forum: Implementing the New Arizona Dental Therapy Law

HB2235 – Chaptered Version

Background and Overview of the Forum

Dental Therapy Law in Arizona

Dental Therapy Authorization Comparison by State

Panel – Vison for Incorporating Dental Therapy in ITU Dental Programs

Panel – Vision for Incorporating Dental Therapists Into Your Program

Keynote – Utilizing Dental Therapy to Improve Outcomes & Efficiencies/Guidance on Training Programs

Panel – Dental Therapists as Part of the Dental Workforce Model

Panel – Working With A DHAT

Steps to Achieve Medicaid Reimbursement

Indian Health Service CHAP Expansion Update

National Indian Health Board 2018 Tribal Oral Health Assessment Results

Alaska Dental Therapy Educational Program

SIPI – Developing a Dental Therapy Training Program

Dental Therapy Rulemaking in AZ

Dental therapists linked to improved dental outcomes for Alaska Native communities in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta

REPORT: TRIBAL DENTAL THERAPY FORUM – Implementing the New Arizona Dental Therapy Law (August 1-2, 2018)

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Upcoming Training

Online Training

ITCA/ICIN Opioid Training Program


Current Training Courses offered by the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. (ITCA) Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness Program (HMEP). All courses are provided at NO COST to Tribal Nations in Arizona.

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For more information or to request training courses, please contact: Nathan Nixon, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator at: Nathan.Nixon@itcaonline.com

ICIN Meeting dates & information

Future ICIN Meetings:

Call-In Information
Phone Number: 1-800-832-0736
Room Number: 8215391#

Tuesday September 4, 2018 – Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. – Phoenix, AZ

Past ICIN Meeting Documents:

April 3, 2018 Meeting – Yavapai-Prescott Tribe Documents

Tuesday July 17, 2018 – 9:00 am to 12:00 pm – Little America Resort, Flagstaff, Arizona


Tribal Law Enforcement News & Information

ICIN Resources

ICIN Resources

Resources listed here are for Tribal Law Enforcement and Tribal Communities for information and reporting purposes:

ICIN Links

State of Arizona Links:

Law Enforcement:


Intelligence and Criminal Justice:

Federal Links:

Law Enforcement Organizations:

Native American Veteran Income Tax Settlement Fund

On November 22, 2000, the United States Justice Department issued a memo declaring that the taxation and withholding of state income taxes from active duty military pay of Native Americans domiciled on their reservation was impermissible. The United States Department of Defense began mandatory Arizona income tax withholding on all active duty military pay on September 1, 1993 and continued withholding Arizona income tax through December 31, 2005.

Beginning January 1, 2006, Arizona no longer taxed active duty military and therefore discontinued state income tax withholding on this type of income.

The Native American Veterans Income Tax Settlement Fund was established on July 1, 2016 to refund Arizona income tax erroneously withheld from Native Americans who served in the military while claiming tribal land as their domicile from September 1, 1993 through December 31, 2005. During the 2017 Arizona legislative session, House Bill 2158 was introduced to amend the original legislation when it was discovered the Department of Defense may have withheld Arizona income tax prior to September 1, 1993.

Effective August 9, 2017, refunds may be claimed for years 1977 through 2005. The claim form and additional information is available at the following websites:

AZ Department of Revenue        https://www.azdor.gov/NativeAmericanVeteranIncomeTaxSettlement.aspx

AZ Department of Veterans’ Services

Key Dates

  • December 31, 2019: The AZ Department of Veterans’ Services will not accept claims after this date.
  • June 30, 2021: The AZ Department of Revenue will not grant refunds after this date.
  • July 1, 2021: Any money left in the Fund will be swept into the general fund.

For questions, contact:

Verna Johnson
Project Manager

2015 Annual Report – Anniversary Edition

2015 Annual Report – Anniversary Edition

2015 Annual Report – Anniversary Edition
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About Zika

Zika is a disease caused by the Zika virus, which is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. It can also be spread by a man to his male or female sex partners during vaginal, anal, or oral (mouth-to-penis) sex. The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week after being bitten by an infected mosquito. People usually don’t get sick enough to go to the hospital, and they very rarely die of Zika. For this reason, many people might not realize they have been infected. However, Zika virus infection during pregnancy can cause a serious birth defect called microcephaly, as well as other severe fetal brain defects. Once a person has been infected, he or she is likely to be protected from future infections.

More information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

More information from the Inter Tribal Council Tribal Epidemiology Center

Tribal Early Childhood Workgroup Meeting

When: October 12, 2017
Time: 9:00am – 4:30pm
Location/Host: ITCA – Conference Room 1

TCC Agenda
Tribal Early Childhood Workgroup Meeting Minutes, June 22, 2017
Adoption Flier
Tribal CPS Child Care Referral Form Instructions
TRIBAL CPS Child Care Referral Form (CC-224-FF (11-16))
Arizona Legislative Changes for Cash Assistance and Nutrition Assistance

When: Thursday, December 14, 2017
Location/Host: TBA
Training Topic: TBA

When: Thursday, March 15, 2018
Location/Host: TBA
Training Topic: TBA

When: Thursday, June 14, 2018
Location/Host: TBA
Training Topic: TBA

Tribal Child Protective Services Academy

When: May 9, 2016 – May 13, 2016

The purpose of the Tribal Child Protective Services Training Academy is to meet the ongoing training needs of tribal workers for core training in the identification, intervention and treatment of child abuse and neglect that is consistent with tribal strengths, resources, priorities, and consistent with Indian child welfare practice. The academy is limited to 25 participants. Priority will be given to new Tribal CPS workers.

Tribal Social Services Workgroup Meetings

When: February 1, 2017
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Location: ITCA – Conference Room 1

Conference Call Information:
Phone Number: 800-832-0736
Room Number: 7305248

Tribal Social Services Working Group Meeting Agenda
Tribal Social Services Working Group Meeting Presentation
Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Seminar Registration Form
Native American Veterans Income Tax Settlement Fund

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8th Annual Arizona American Indian Youth Conference on Health and the Environment

“Road to a Healthy You and Your Environment”
June 22 – 24, 2015
Marriott University Park Hotel
Tucson, Arizona


The Eighth Annual Arizona American Indian Youth Conference on Health and the Environment will provide information to motivate and encourage youth to take responsibility for their overall health and become better stewards of their environment.

Objectives and Activities

During the conference, youth will:

  • Learn about health promotion and making healthy choices through fun and interactive workshops;
  • Bring awareness that people’s health and well-being are directly connected to how we all treat the land, air and water;
  • Prepare for higher education and become oriented to the University of Arizona

Target Audience

The conference is designed for American Indian youth ages 12 to 19 years old.


The conference will be held at the Marriott University Park Hotel located at 880 E. Second Street, Tucson, Arizona 85719.

For more information about the conference location, visit the website at:



The conference is open to the first 100 youth with paid registrations. Complete the following required forms (MSWord or PDF) and return to the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. (ITCA), along with payment:

  • Group Registration (Chaperones must include their names on the registration form)
  • Youth and Parent/Guardian Release Form (Must be signed by youth and parent/guardian)
  • Emergency Contact Information Form (Must be signed by parent/guardian)
  • Chaperone Release Form (Must be signed by chaperone)

All registration forms are due by Friday, May 29, 2015, to ITCA

Tribal Training Officer

ICS Train-the-Trainer Course Prerequisites

 Prerequisite Course List:

☐  IS-100.b, Introduction to the Incident Command System (ICS), ICS-100.     
☐  IS-200.b, Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents, ICS-200.                 
☐  ICS-300, Intermediate Incident Command System (ICS).                               
☐  ICS-400, Advanced Incident Command System (ICS).                                   
☐  IS-700.a, National Incident Management System (NIMS), an Introduction.   
☐  IS-800.b, National Response Framework (NRF), an Introduction.                  
☐  Demonstrate a working knowledge of ICS through experience and/or training. 
 Letter of Experience and/or Training:

☐  Previously attended classes in adult education.  Formal instructor training such as college courses, National Wildlife Coordinating Groups Facilitative Instructor M410 course, Emergency Management Institute’s Master Trainer Program, National Fire Academy’s Instructional Methodology class, or DHS Office of Grants and Training’s Instructor Training Certification course, or equivalent (Fire Instructor II/III, EMS PI, EMA Instructional/Presentation Skills, FEMA Master Trainer, ILEA instructor, etc.)

 Letter of IC, Command, General Staff positions:

☐  Participants must have worked as IC, command or general staff positions on incidents that went longer than one operational period or involved a written action plan and involved multiagency coordination.
Additional information on the Tribal Training Officer ICS Train-the-Trainer Course to be posted in the near future.  The Tribal Training Officer Prerequisites are based on the FEMA/NIMS Instructor Training Prerequisites, dated February 2008.

Federal Emergency Management Agency


FEMA NIMS Resource Center


U.S. Department of Transportation – Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration


NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards


National Assoication of SARA Title III Program Officials


EPCRA Overview


Indian Health Services


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