Join us for Awareness Day On Friday, January 26, 2018
Join us in making the 12th annual Awareness Day as successful as last year’s. Last year, we had our second experience using Thunderclap. We improved our outreach over the first year, with more than 540 participants with a combined social reach of over 920,000. And, supporters sponsored nearly 200 live events and other activities such as news releases and articles for EITC Awareness Day.
With your help, we want to even make it bigger and better this year. And, we want to increase eligibility awareness of refundable credits that many miss claiming or don’t get right. Along with the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), we want to include the Child Tax Credit and the refundable part, the Additional Child Tax Credit (CTC/ACTC), 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 to partner in a national effort to increase awareness of refundable credits by shining a large spotlight on them from multiple media sources. We want to generate extensive news media coverage on this specific day (or days in close proximity) to increase awareness among potentially eligible taxpayers at the time most 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 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 is a financial boost for working people and your local economy. EITC and the CTC greatly reduce poverty for working families. These working family credits lifted an estimated 9.4 million people out of poverty, including 5 million or more than half of them children. Source: Source: Chuck Marr, Chye-Ching Huang, Arloc Sherman and Brandon DeBot, CBPP-EITC and Child Tax Credit Promote Work, Reduce Poverty, and support children’s Development, Research finds, October 1, 2015.
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. Or, see our Quick EITC Outreach kit highlighting some ideas and our key products.
Many Tools and Resources are Available to Support You
- PSAs, Video, Audio and Print Files
- News Releases
- Twitter Messages, Screen Savers and Badge Graphics
- EITC Quick Marketing Kit
- 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), and the AOTC.