Sample Awareness Day News Release Promoting EITC and Volunteer Tax Assistance

Sample 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 sample to create your own.


([city], [state])Working families may get a larger tax refund this year because of the Earned Income Tax Credit, but to get it, you must claim it. Today, January 31, marks the 8th National EITC Awareness Day, a nationwide effort to increase awareness about EITC and free tax preparation sites.

Volunteers – trained by the Internal Revenue Service – are available to help you claim the EITC and other tax benefits for which you are eligible. They will prepare your tax return for free.

If you worked last year and had income of less than $51,567 you should check out your eligibility for EITC. You also can get free help preparing your tax return. Nationwide, millions of people miss out on EITC because they do not claim it on their tax return or they do not have a filing requirement.

On average, EITC adds $2,300 to working families’ refunds. It can mean an additional $487 for people without children up to $6,044 for those with three or more qualifying children. Last year, more than 27 million workers received $67 billion in EITC refunds. [You may want to localize this statistic by using your state's information]

EITC is also complex. It varies by income, family size and failing status. To be eligible, you must have earned income or certain disability income. This means you must have income from wages, self-employment or farming. You do not have to be married or to have children to qualify. A trained volunteer can help you determine if you meet these and other EITC rules.

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Workers should come prepared to a volunteer site with the following:

  • A valid driver's license or other photo id card
  • Social security cards, a Social Security number (SSN) verification letter or the Individual Taxpayer Identifying Number (ITIN) 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 available
  • 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 (electronically file) a joint tax return


 "Our community volunteers will help you get EITC and the maximum refund you’re due. 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]


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