Example Awareness Day News Release Promoting EITC and Volunteer Tax Assistance


EITC Awareness Day News Release for Promoting EITC and Volunteer Tax Assistance  Copy, paste into your template, and fill in your organization's information where indicated in [green italics]. Or, use this example to create your own.


ARE YOU ELIGIBLE FOR EITC? GET IT, AND GET IT RIGHT WITH VOLUNTEER HELP


([city], [state])— Workers may get a larger tax refund this year because of the EITC or Earned Income Tax Credit. But to get it, you must file a tax return and claim it.

Today, January 30, 2015, marks EITC Awareness Day, a nationwide effort to increase awareness about EITC and free tax preparation sites. EITC is 40 years old this year, and for those 40 years, EITC made life easier for millions of workers.

Last year, more than 27 million workers received more than $65 billion in EITC refunds. [Localize this statistic by using your state's information]

If you worked last year and had income of less than $52,427, check out your eligibility for EITC. EITC can mean up to a $6,143 refund when you file a return if you have qualifying children. Workers without a qualifying child could be eligible for a smaller credit up to 496 dollars. On average, EITC adds 24 hundred dollars to refunds.

Why is it important to have an EITC Awareness Day each year? One-third of the EITC population changes each year. The IRS estimates that four out of five workers claim the EITC they earned. This leaves billions of dollars on the table each year. We want to get the word out to those who are eligible to file a tax return even if they don’t owe any tax to claim the EITC. It’s money workers can use for groceries, rent, utilities and other bills.

EITC is complex. It varies by income, family size and your filing status. To be eligible, you must have earned income or certain disability income. This means you must have income from working for someone or working for yourself.

Volunteers – trained by the Internal Revenue Service – ask you the needed questions to find out if you qualify for the EITC and other refundable tax credits. Volunteers at VITA, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance sites, also prepare and e-file (electronically file) your tax return at no cost to you.

"Our community volunteers help you get EITC and the maximum refund you’re due. Our goal is to help you get it and get it right. This is money you can save or use to pay off bills, buy that car to get to work or make a down payment on a home. Let us help make your life a little easier, “ said [Enter spokesperson's name and name of organization]

Let us help you get it and get it right. Visit our free tax preparation site at:

[Choose one or more of the following options that fit your community and your organization:

 

Bring the following to make sure our volunteers get you the right amount of credit you deserve:

  • A valid driver's license or other photo id card
  • Social security cards, a social security number verification letter or the ITIN, individual taxpayer identifying number, for all persons listed on the return
  • Birth dates for all persons listed on return
  • All income statements: Forms W-2 and 1099, Social Security, unemployment, and other statements, such as pensions, stocks, interest and any documents showing taxes withheld
  • All records of expenses, such as tuition, mortgage interest, or real estate taxes
  • Copies of last year's state and federal tax returns, if you have
  • Bank routing numbers and account numbers to direct deposit any refund
  • Dependent child care information: name and address of who you paid and either the caretaker's SSN or other tax identification number
  • Both spouses to sign forms to e-file a joint tax return

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