Did you know that workers in your community can receive up to $6,431 by claiming EITC, Earned Income Tax Credit, on their 2018 tax returns? Think of the financial boost EITC provides to your local community and the impact that influx of cash brings to your local economy*.
Four out of five working people who qualify for EITC file and claim it. But, many miss this opportunity to boost their income. Each year there is about one-third turnover of taxpayers who qualify for EITC. Workers move in and out of EITC eligibility based on their filing status, number of qualifying children and their financial situation. This requires continuous promotion of this beneficial credit.
How Can You Help Get the Word Out?
By working together and reaching out to eligible citizens in your community, we can ensure more money is available to members of your community by bringing EITC dollars into your local economy. Help inform your residents who have earned income about EITC through both widespread and targeted communications. And, help the eligible members of your community get the benefit they earned.
- Our Quick EITC Outreach kit (pdf format) provides easy-to-do ideas to get the word out about EITC and highlights key products to help
- Use social media EITC messages on Facebook, Twitter and your website. Find available products here.
- Share video, audio, and print PSAs or public service announcements, YouTube clips; online video and audio clips through community cable TV programs and bulletin boards. Find available products here.
- Add a banner ad or badge to your Facebook or website.
- Spread the word with written information in your newsletters or mailings or play EITC PSAs through your cable or closed circuit channels.
- Hang EITC Posters in public places.
- Join in EITC Awareness Day --Increasing EITC awareness is important at all times. But having this one day, where EITC is highlighted through more than one national and local channel, increases the likelihood that your community member hears about it, maybe once, twice, or more. It also increases the chance he or she will make an effort to find out more about EITC.
Our Targeted Messages-Why Me? Why should you do this? What's my role as a revenue agency, vendor regulatory and/or licensing agency, communication manager, school, real estate tax or housing authorities or...?
Tried and True Tips --suggestions and best practices from successful EITC campaigns to find out what other government agencies, offices, employers, and public schools are doing to spread EITC awareness.
Basic EITC Marketing and Communication Materials -more ideas and tools for increasing EITC Awareness
Information on State and Local Government EITC Program.
Workers must have earned income to qualify for EITC
Earned income is taxable income received by working for someone or running one's own business or farm. Find out what is and what is not earned income on irs.gov
MAPP, Municipal Agency Partnering Program
IRS established MAPP, Municipal Agency Partnering Program, to expand GL's mission of governmental partnering and data sharing with city and county agencies. MAPP is about the mutual sharing of information that aids both compliance and customer service. Programs like MAPP augment IRS's tax compliance processes by leveraging resources which helps reduce the tax gap. Learn more about the program here.
with other government agencies, municipal offices, and social organizations in your community who promote EITC. Find out how; email:
- *Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program EITC Series Reports on the Effect of EITC on Local Economies
- Find out how many claimed EITC in your area last year and the amount of cash brought into the economy on our State-by-State EITC Statistics page. (You can use Brookings Institute EITC interactive database for ZIP code-level tax return information for your community.)