27th Annual AICOA Conference


The Arizona Indian Council on Aging (AICOA)


The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc.,
Area Agency on Aging, Region 8 (ITCA-AAA)

Proudly present the

27th Annual AICOA Conference

 October 9-10, 2017

We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center, Fountain Hills, Arizona

This year, we are expecting 500 participants from throughout the State of Arizona to be in attendance.  We look forward to seeing you!


Below 100 Training Notice

At the invitation of the tribe, the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. (ITCA) and the ITCA Tribal Epidemiology Center (TEC), will coordinate a Below 100 training with law enforcement.
ITCA will deliver the 4-hour instruction that concentrates on the use of safety equipment and enhanced situational awareness to improve operational practices. The vision for Below 100 is
to eliminate preventable line-of-duty deaths and serious injuries with common sense training designed to focus on areas within an officer’s control.

Below 100 focuses on five core concepts for officer safety:

  1. Wear seatbelts
  2. Wear vests
  3. Watch your speed
  4. What’s Important Now (WIN): situatonal awareness and assessment
  5. Threat of complacency

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Large Vehicle and Bus Traffic Enforcement Training Notice

At the invitation of the tribe, the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. (ITCA) Tribal Epidemiology Center (TEC) will coordinate a Large Vehicle and Bus Traffic Enforcement training with the tribe. ITCA TEC will deliver the 4-hour instruction on how to safely conduct traffic enforcement involving large vehicles and buses to law enforcement.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration “developed the training to provide law enforcement officers, who have a duty and responsibility to enforce traffic laws with the knowledge and skills to safely and effectively conduct large truck and bus vehicle stops after observing an illegal and/or unsafe driving behavior.”

The following topics will be emphasized through presentations and videos:

  1. Observe — Identify traffic violations associated with large truck and bus crashes
  2. Consider — Identify safety considerations that apply before, during and after a vehicle stop
  3. Detect — Identify potential indicators of serious vehicle defects or criminal activity
  4. Review — Identify the documentation required for processing a large truck or bus vehicle stop
  5. Report — Identify the appropriate boxes to check when completing a citation for a large truck or bus

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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Tax Year 2016

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 for the last 13 years.  As with all things, changes are required to keep moving forward.  For this year (2017), the ITCA VITA site will be closed to restructure the program and will re-open in 2018.  We apologize for any inconvenience and we look forward to providing this service once again starting 2018.

In the meantime, the ITCA has attached several listings available 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 2016

Some Refunds Delayed in 2017

Due to changes in the law, starting in 2017, the IRS can’t issue refunds before Feb. 15, 2017, 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 Feb. 15, 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-2016-152 – As Holidays Approach, IRS Reminds Taxpayers of Refund Delays in 2017

For additional Hot Topics from the IRS, please go to https://www.irs.gov/uac/whats-hot

VITA Site Eligibility

Individuals and families who made less than $54,000 in 2016; no income requirement for seniors or those with disabilities (providing the return is not too complex).

What to Take to a VITA Site

  • Copy of last year’s tax return is very helpful
  • Valid photo ID for yourself and/or your spouse
  • Social Security cards or ITIN cards for you, your spouse, and dependents
  • Birthdates for you, your spouse, and dependents
  • Wage and earnings statements from all employers (Form W-2 or 1099-MISC)
  • Interest and dividend statements from banks (Form 1099-INT or 1099-DIV)
  • Affordable Care Act statements (Form 1095-A, 1095-B, or 1095-C)
  • Social Security statement (SSA-1099), Education expenses (1098-T), Pensions (1099-R) and Unemployment statement (1099-G) if applicable
  • Other relevant information about income and expenses, i.e., donations made, including those to schools, educational expenses, home interest, property taxes, and medical expenses for those who will be able to itemize
  • Total amount paid for day care and the day care providers’ tax identification number
  • For Direct Deposit – bank routing numbers and account numbers
  • If filing joint, both you and spouse must be present to sign the return

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.

Click here for flyer for information.

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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Arizona Crash Report Training Notice

At the invitaton of a Tribe in Arizona, the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. (ITCA) Tribal Epidemiology Center (TEC) will provide a 4-hour instructon on the Arizona Crash Report and supplemental forms. The following topics will be emphasized through a PowerPoint presentaton:

1. Arizona database of crashes
2. Federal database of crashes
3. Trafc records
4. Model Minimum Uniform Crash Criteria
5. Arizona’s Crash Report Form Instructon Manual
6. Arizona Crash Report
7. Supplemental forms to the Arizona Crash Report
8. ITCA Data Sharing Agreement

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Share The Road Training Notice

At the invitation of the tribe, the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. (ITCA) Trial Epidemiology Center (TEC) will coordinate a Share the Road training with the tribe and the Arizona Department of Public Safety (ADPS).  ADPS will deliver the 4-hour instruction on driving strategies near commercial vehicles to tribal staff and community members, including teen drivers.

The following topics will be emphasized through presentations, videos and a commercial vehicle tour.

1. Introduction, History and Facts
2. Types of vehicles on the Road
3. Factors that determine stopping distance
4. Don’t cut off trucks
5. Stay our of the blind spots
6. Following distances
7. Trucks make wide turns
8. Moving off the Road—Move over law
9. Curbing distracted driving

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Traffic Incident Management for Responders

The Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Responder Course was developed through the Strategic Highway Research Program and is administered through the Federal Highway Administration. This four-hour program is provided by the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. and uses a multiple-discipline perspective to train first responders within tribal governments in Arizona how to operate more efficiently and collectively. This unique course for first responders promotes a shared understanding of the requirements for safe, quick clearance at traffic incident scenes; prompt, reliable and open communications; and motorist and responder safeguards. The TIM training program focuses on a response effort that protects motorists and responders while minimizing the impact on traffic flow, including detecting, verifying and responding to incidents; clearing the incident scene; and restoring traffic flow.

Target Audience
To be effective, this course requires a mix of disciplines, including law enforcement, fire, transportation, emergency medical services, public safety, towing and recovery, public works, and hazardous materials (HAZMAT) disciplines.

To schedule training, contact Esther Corbett at Esther.Corbett@itcaonline.com or Nathan Nixon at Nathan.Nixon@itcaonline.com.

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