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Boise, Idaho

Contact Information

If you, your business, or organization are interested in becoming a part of the Disability Initiative Workgroup, please contact Mary Chant of Coalition for Economic Improvement Fiduciary Agent/Community Action Partnership Association of Idaho at [email protected].

If you are already a member of the Disability Initiative Workgroup and have questions regarding the IRS participation, then please contact Deb Sprague at [email protected].

Disability Initiative Workgroup Plans for 2010

The Coalition for Economic Improvement (CEI) is comprised of business, government, and nonprofit agencies working together to empower low and moderate income taxpayers to improve their economic position. The coalition provides free tax help and financial literacy training for individuals and families in southwestern Idaho, with a focus on those with low to moderate income, elderly, non-English speaking, individuals with disabilities, and students. The Boise City Mayor’s Office provides the site for CEI’s VITA program in Boise.

Partners for Prosperity (P4P), a nonprofit organization dedicated to poverty reduction in the 16 counties of eastern Idaho including the Fort Hall Indian Reservation, was established by the Northwest Area Foundation as a way for communities to think strategically in helping reduce poverty. Support organizations include Vocational Rehabilitation Services and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Disability Program Navigators from the Idaho Department of Labor’s One-Stop Centers are on subcommittees at both CEI and P4P. 

The CEI disability subcommittee, along with the P4P coalition in eastern Idaho, worked with a variety of disability organizations, such as the SSA Work Incentive Planning and Assistance contractor, to promote EITC throughout the tax season. The Idaho Department of Labor also supplied Disability Etiquette handbooks that were distributed to all volunteer sites in the state to incorporate in their annual training.

A growing number of disability-related organizations have supported the coalition and similar efforts statewide through distribution of informational flyers and materials to the clients they serve, encouraging the use of the EITC and free tax preparation sites. CEI is putting procedures in place at our VITA sites to more closely identify needs and refer clients to follow-up activities such as financial education classes and individual development accounts.

CEI continues to collaborate closely with the United Way of Treasure Valley to support free tax preparation sites, financial education and EITC outreach. The Idaho State Independent Living Council is using Medicaid Infrastructure Grant funding to take part in a national and regional "Think Beyond the Label" media campaign in January-February to build awareness for hiring workers with disabilities and help businesses evolve the workforce. Hopefully, a link to the campaign's state Web page can be developed regarding EITC and free tax assistance.