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Code for America

Help Organization with Privacy Policy Review and Updates

CFA’s GetYourRefund Program digitally connects taxpayers with free VITA services. Our focus is on individuals eligible for the EITC who need the funds the most, especially in the wake of a pandemic.

Posted January 14, 2021

Background & Context

Our GetYourRefund Program aims to digitally connect taxpayers with VITA services in order to get more cash into the pockets of everyday people. Our focus is on individuals eligible for the EITC who need the funds the most, especially in the wake of a pandemic. Code for America's GetYourRefund (https://www.getyourrefund.org/) program provides free tax services by partnering with IRS-certified Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites to provide tax filing assistance to families earning less than $66,000 a year. Trained, IRS-certified volunteers will prepare and double-check your tax return to make sure it is correct before filing, and support individuals with submitting tax returns for 2017-19, in order to maximize their refunds.

Immediate Problem

We have a privacy policy that we used last year, but we want to update it to reflect: 1. changes to the program 2. Verify it reflects any privacy requirements for PII , especially for CA and NY. 3. the IRS relationship and any data use restrictions/allowances.

Work & Deliverables

The final deliverable is an updated privacy policy. We have the policy written. We need a set of legal eyes to make sure we are on the right side of requirements, provide suggested updates, and address some concerns. If possible, we'd like to have the project complete by Mid-late January to allow for posting on the website prior to services opening up to the public.

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Additional Information

  • Time Commitment: 1-5 hours
  • Training Provided: No
  • Site-Preference: Remote
  • Open to Law Students: No
  • Bar License(s) required: Any Bar License
  • Required Languages: None
  • Mentoring Provided: No
  • Supervision Provided: Yes
Code for America

Code for America uses the principles and practices of the digital age to improve how government serves the American public, and how the public improves government. We are a network of people making government work for the people, by the people, in the digital age. How do we get there? With government services that are simple, effective, and easy to use, working at scale to help all Americans, starting with the people who need them most.

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