Join us for Awareness Day on Friday, January 26, 2024
Join us in making the 18th annual Awareness Day as successful as last year’s. We partnered with more than 1,500 supporters with a combined social reach of over 2 million. Partners sponsored over nearly 220 live events and other activities such as news releases and articles for EITC Awareness Day.
With your help, we want to make this event bigger this year to increase eligibility awareness of refundable credits that many missed claiming or don’t get right. Along with the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), we want to include the Child Tax Credit, the Additional Child Tax Credit, the Credit for Other Dependents (CTC/ACTC/ODC), and the American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC).
What is Awareness Day? Community organizations, elected officials, state and local governments, schools, employers, and other interested parties, partner in a national effort to increase awareness of refundable credits by shining a large spotlight on them from various media sources. We want to generate extensive media coverage on this specific day (or days in proximity) to increase awareness among potentially eligible taxpayers at the time when most of them are filing or getting ready to file their federal income tax returns. The IRS joins partners nationwide to launch the Awareness Day outreach campaign to ensure millions of workers get the credits they earned and deserve.
This intensive media coverage helps us reach the broadest possible range of eligible taxpayers, including the underserved populations and the newly eligible taxpayers.
Why is Awareness Important? IRS estimates four of five eligible taxpayers claim and get the EITC. Best of all, EITC combined with the CTC/ACTC/ODC is a financial boost for working people and your local economy. EITC and the CTC greatly reduce poverty for working families. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities asserts that in 2018 the EITC lifted 5.6 million people above the poverty line, including nearly 3 million children, based on the Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM). The EITC and Child Tax Credit together lifted 10.6 million people above the SPM poverty line and made poverty less severe for 17.5 million others in 2018. (CBPP, April 28, 2023, Chuck Marr, Kris Cox, John Wancheck and Stephanie Hingtgen).
We need your help to capture the attention of those millions of workers who miss out on the benefits of refundable credits each year and motivate them to explore whether they qualify. We also want to lead them to no-cost options for tax return help--volunteer tax assistance and Free File and make sure only those eligible, claim the credit.
Join us in getting the word out to those who qualify but don't file a tax return or miss the credits they deserve. Explore our Partner's Outreach Toolkit for ideas and the products you need to get the word out.
Many Tools and Resources are Available to Support You
- PSAs, Video, Audio and Print Files
- News Releases
- Publication 5075, Refundable Tax Credits
- EITC Fast Facts
See our Basic Marketing Materials for more products and ideas--news releases, how to tips on writing a feature story or letters to the editor, and more.
See our Tried and True Tips for keeping taxpayers informed and raising their awareness of this very important credit.
Find Information Specific to:
How Can You Get Involved in Your Community to Increase Awareness?
Contact your IRS relationship manager or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are affiliated with the government, see the Governmental Liaison Contact Page for more information
Awareness Day Vision Statement
EITC Awareness Day is a one-day blitz in mainstream and social media to reach the broadest possible range of potentially-eligible taxpayers, including taxpayer segments we believe under claim the EITC, the (CTC/ACTC/ODC), and the AOTC.