Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program Tax Year 2020

INFORMATION IN RESPONSE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Updated January 19, 2021

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing public health emergency, this location is not able to serve as a tax return preparation site for the tax year 2020.

This action is taken in accordance with state and federal public health guidelines and on behalf of concern for the safety of all community members and volunteers.

To assist with your income tax filing needs, the following websites have information on how to complete and file your federal and state income tax returns:

Free File: Do your Federal Taxes for Free | Internal Revenue Service (irs.gov)
For information on how to prepare and file your federal individual income tax return for free.

https://www.irs.gov/individuals/free-tax-return-preparation-for-qualifying-taxpayers
For information on locating a VITA Site near you. Please note: Due to COVID-19, a number of VITA sites are closed.

www.myfreetaxes.com
Free filing for every household with a simple return. Please visit the website for additional information.

City of Phoenix – VITA

For Tax Year 2020, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites located within the city of Phoenix that will be open will be providing tax preparation services by appointment only and by a drop-0ff method. The current plan is for the participating sites to be open on February 16, 2021.

To make an appointment at a VITA site within the City of Phoenix, please visit the website at https://phoenix.gov/eitc to see if you qualify for drop off services. Please see flyer for additional information and what to bring to an appointment. For questions or to make an appointment, you can also call 602-534-8359.

Tax Prep VITA

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For information on how to “do it yourself”, please send email to vita.taxhelp@phoenix.gov or call 602-534-8359.

Tax Prep Do It Yourself

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Your safety and the safety of the community we serve is very important to us! Please take every precaution to protect your health by continuing to follow the 3ws:

Please…

  • Wash Your Hands
  • Wear Your Mask
  • Watch Your Distance – maintain a minimum of 6 ft from others

Thank You & Stay Safe!

 

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Tribal Leaders Water Policy Council Webinar, December 11, 2020

The following presentations are from the ITCA Tribal Leaders Water Policy Council webinar which took place on Friday, December 11, 2020. The contact information for each presenter is listed at the end of each presentation or please contact ITCA at 602.258.4822 if you should have further questions. Thank You


Meeting Agenda

Meeting Agenda

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Updates on Colorado River Interim Guidelines for Lower Basin Shortages

Updates on Colorado River Interim Guidelines for Lower Basin Shortages

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Draft MOU Between the ITCA – TLWPC and Bureau of Reclamation and Establishment of the Colorado River Tribal Roundtable

Draft MOU Between the ITCA – TLWPC and Bureau of Reclamation and Establishment of the Colorado River Tribal Roundtable

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ITCA Report: Lead Reduction in Drinking Water at Tribal Schools and Child Care Facilities

ITCA Report: Lead Reduction in Drinking Water at Tribal Schools and Child Care Facilities

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The Clean Water Act and ADEQ’s Surface Water Protection Program

The Clean Water Act and ADEQ’s Surface Water Protection Program

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Important Update: As identified during this presentation, ADEQ to present draft legislation to public stakeholders on December 15, 2020.  To register or for more information, please following these links or contact ADEQ.

Please make sure that you register in advance of the stakeholder meeting on December 15.

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Tribal Seats Open for the Arizona Water Protection Fund and Drought Interagency Coordinating Group

Tribal Seats Open for the Arizona Water Protection Fund and Drought Interagency Coordinating Group

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AIEA Educator’s Award Celebration

Please join the Arizona Indian Education Association (AIEA) in celebrating the many professionals who significantly impact American Indian students. On Saturday, February 27, 2021 we will be hosting our Second Annual Educator’s Award Celebration on a virtual platform. AIEA highly encourages you to nominate an educator who passionately and proactively supports American Indian students.

Nominations must be received by January 15, 2021. All awardees must be virtually present for this celebration event. Awardees will be notified by January 29, 2021.

Award Categories and Qualifications 2020

1-5 Years Award

This award seeks to encourage those educators beginning their professional careers in Education.

6-15 Years Award

This award honors educators who have demonstrated leadership and mentorship that led to American Indian student success and achievement.

16+ Years Award

This award honors educators who have demonstrated a long commitment to serving the needs of American Indian students.

Founder Award

This special award is to honor any type of educator (teacher, principal, superintendent) who has shown a minimum of thirty years of dedication to American Indian students. Retired educators are welcome to be nominated.

Parent Award

This special recognition acknowledges the continued support of American Indian students from those in an official capacity, such as Tribal, local, or state officials.

Serving the Community Award

This award is for after-school/coach who made significant efforts to provide support for American Indian students and demonstrated leadership in promoting, defending, or supporting Indian education. Nominee may also have supported and championed the success of American Indian students.

Unsung Hero Award

There are many people who devote time and energy into providing a rewarding experience on a regular basis to American Indian students. Please use this category to nominate a bus driver, cafeteria worker or other unsung hero of your school/district/education program.

Johnson O’Malley Award

This category is specifically designated for those professionals who lead a JOM program, Title VI, or additional support for Native American education programs.

Language Revitalization Award

This award seeks to honor those who continue to promote and teach tribal languages in any setting.

Administrator Award

This award may be given to principals, superintendents, and other administrators who impact the education of American Indian students.

Resiliency Award

This award is specifically designated for those who maintained and advocated for COVID-19 protocols in protecting themselves and students while continuing their responsibilities.

Nomination Packet

AIEA Award Nomination Packet

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AIEA Award Nomination Packet

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For more information, please contact Jerri Thomas at Jerri.thomas@itcaonline.com

On-Line Data.Census.gov Training

Below are our training videos on Data.Census.gov. You can also view the videos on our YouTube channel: ITCA YouTube.

Tribal Leaders Water Policy Council Webinar, April 24, 2020

The following presentations are from the ITCA Tribal Leaders Water Policy Council webinar which took place on Friday, April 24, 2020. The contact information for each presenter is listed at the end of each presentation or please contact ITCA at 602.258.4822 if you should have further questions. Thank You


Meeting Agenda

Meeting Agenda

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Updates on Current Clean Water Act Developments Impacting Arizona

Updates on Current Clean Water Act Developments Impacting Arizona

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Arizona Department of Environmental Quality – Arizona Surface Water Protection Program

Arizona Department of Environmental Quality - Arizona Surface Water Protection Program

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Review of the Colorado River Interim Guidelines for Lower Basin Shortages and Coordinated Operations for Lake Powell and Lake Mead

Review of the Colorado River Interim Guidelines for Lower Basin Shortages and Coordinated Operations for Lake Powell and Lake Mead

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Central Arizona Project System Use Agreement – Water Quality Guidance

Central Arizona Project System Use Agreement - Water Quality Guidance

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2020-2021 Arizona Indian Education Association (AIEA) Student Scholarship

Scholarship Updates:

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, AIEA has decided to make the following changes to the current 2020-2021 AIEA Student Scholarship application process:

  1. Extend the AIEA Student Scholarship deadline to August 7, 2020 by 11:59p.m. in which applications must be submitted to AIEA.est2003@gmail.com.
  2. Completed applications received by July 17, 2020 at 11:59p.m. will earn you an extra 1.5 points on your score.
  3. The Scholarship Review Committee will be reviewing scholarship applications on a case-by-case basis as schools may be closed during the summer causing delays for transcripts requests. Please notify AIEA by email at AIEA.est2003@gmail.com or Jerri.thomas@itcaonline.com if your school is closed and you are having difficulty acquiring your transcripts or other materials.
  4. AIEA Student Scholarship Application

    AIEA Student Scholarship Application
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    AIEA Student Scholarship FAQ’s

    You can find answers to the most frequently asked questions about the Arizona Indian Education Association’s Student Scholarships below.

    1. Where and how do I apply?
      1. Answer:
        1. Download the Scholarship application and evaluate the three scholarship categories
        2. Complete the scholarship application
        3. Gather all of the scholarship application materials and send them to AIEA by EMAIL to: AIEA.est2003@gmail.com
        4. Or you can MAIL your application to: AIEA Scholarship, 2214 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85004
    2. What are the scholarship categories?
      1. Academics – Students with a GPA of 2.0 or above and doing very well in school
      2. Exemplary – Students who excel in many areas including academics, extracurricular activities, and involvement in the community
      3. Make a Difference – Students who may not excel in academics, but excel in other areas including extracurricular activities, artistic abilities, or involvement in the community
    3. When are applications open?
      1. Answer: AIEA strives to continually release the scholarship application in a timely manner as to release funds by the start of the Fall semester. For updates of our annual scholarship, please visit the AIEA webpage in the Spring.
    4. When will I be notified if I am awarded a scholarship?
      1. Answer: AIEA will notify award winners via email and letter by the notification date listed on the scholarship application.
    5. What is required for complete applications?
      1. Answer: The following are the needed materials that make up a complete application:
        1. Completed application form
          1. Please check ONE award
        2. Copy of tribal enrollment card/CIB from a federally-recognized Indian Nation
        3. Two letters of recommendation
          1. Letters must be from a teacher/professor, counselor/advisor, mentor, church leader, or community leader. Recommendations are encouraged to include cultural aspects and highlights of the student.
        4. Copy of your current school transcripts. Unofficial copies are acceptable
          1. INCOMING HIGH SCHOOL FRESHMEN: Incoming high school freshmen are to provide Middle School/Junior High transcripts.
          2. INCOMING COLLEGE FRESHMEN: Incoming college freshman to college and/or university are to provide High School transcripts.
        5. Typed double-spaced essay (2 pages, 12 point font) referring to the designated theme listed on the application
          1. Please follow the essay directions as listed.
        6. Curriculum vitae or resume
          1. Please include information regarding your received awards, student government or leadership positions, extracurricular activities (i.e. clubs, sports, community organizations, etc.), education/career goals, and role of culture in your life.
        7. College/University students only: Copy of enrollment verification from college/university office
    6. Can I submit “recycled” or “old” Letters of Recommendation?
      1. Answer: No, AIEA does not accept recycled letters of recommendations that were addressed to other organizations. Also, AIEA does not accept old letters of recommendations. Letters must be recent and addressed to AIEA.
    7. Can I have my Letter of Recommendation sent by my recommender?
      1. Answer: Yes, but it is the student’s responsibility to check with the Recommender that he or she submit the letter before the deadline.
    8. What should I include in my essay?
      1. Answer: To write an excellent essay, be sure to address the designated theme listed on the application. This is to have students write their essay in a personalized manner of what the theme means to themselves. The theme changes each year so recycled essays will not be accepted.
    9. Can I submit a “recycled” or “old” scholarship essay?
      1. Answer: No, AIEA does not accept recycled student essays that were addressed to other organizations. Also, AIEA does not accept old student essays. Essays must address AIEA and must address the theme listed on the application.
    10. Can I apply even if I am attending an out-of-state school?
      1. Answer: No, AIEA does not accept applications from students that are attending or will be attending a school or college/university outside the state of Arizona. This scholarship is intended for students currently living in Arizona who are attending or will be attending an Arizona school or college/university.
    11. Can I apply even if I am a member of an Arizona-federally recognized tribe that is attending an out-of-state school/college?
      1. Answer: No. This scholarship is intended for students currently living in Arizona who are attending or will be attending an Arizona school or college/university.
    12. Does my transcript(s) have to be official?
      1. Answer: No, a copy of your unofficial transcript(s) is acceptable.
    13. Do the College scholarships fund certificate programs, vocational, or trade school?
      1. Answer: No. The College scholarships only fund degree-seeking students who are attending an Arizona school or college/university.

    Other Helpful Tips

    1. Contacting the Arizona Indian Education Association to confirm we have received your scholarship application materials is completely acceptable and encouraged to ensure your scholarship application is complete.
    2. Typed double-spaced essay (2 pages, 12 point font) referring to the designated theme listed on the application
      1. Follow the instructions and answer the prompt
      2. Use professional language
      3. Make sure to check spelling and grammar before submitting
      4. Have a teacher, professor, or writing tutor read over your essay for quality, organization, and readability
    3. Submitting your application
      1. For the fastest way to submit your application, please email the completed application to AIEA.est2003@gmail.com
    4. Have more questions about the AIEA Student Scholarship?
      1. Please email Ms. Jerri Thomas at Jerri.thomas@itcaonline.com or call (480) 452-4867.

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COVID-19 Case Report Forms and Data Tools (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Arizona)

CDC Epi Info™ Case Reporting

CDC Microsoft® Office Excel Case Reporting

ADHS Epi Info™ Case Reporting

ADHS Microsoft® Office Excel Case Reporting

Link to Epi Info™ CDC Site:

Epi_info

Updated April 3, 2020

On-Line Google Earth™ Training

Below are our training videos on Google Earth™. You can also view the videos on our YouTube channel: ITCA YouTube.

Waste Diversion Training, September

Location:  San Carlos Apache Tribe
Date:  September, 2019

This is a one day training to help you determine how much of your waste you can divert, how to calculate your diverted waste, and the status of the waste from other municipalities being diverted.

For more information, contact:

Brian Davidson, Solid Waste Environmental Coordinator
(602) 258-4822

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

MEDICAID WORK REQUIREMENTS: STATE APPROACHES IN THE PHOENIX AREA

ADDRESSING THE OPIOID CRISIS IN INDIAN COUNTRY Briefing Paper
TRIBAL OPIOID LEGISLATION – 115TH U.S. CONGRESS (2017-2018)

CHR ADVOCACY PACKET