EITC Awareness Day

Join us for Awareness Day On Friday, January 25, 2019

Join us in making the 13th 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. And, 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 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. 

Reaching Out!

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

More Resources

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 partner@irs.gov
or,
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.

Key Messages

Our 2019 filing season products will include our fresh key messages. See our Basic Marketing Materials for more ideas on using the key messages or for tips on writing a feature story.