Did you know that taxpayers in your area can receive up to $6,318 when filling their tax returns and claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit? Consider the financial boost this tax credit provides for working people and the impact of the influx of cash for your local economy. Yet, there are potentially eligible recipients who miss this credit because they don't file a Federal tax return!
EITC is a refundable federal income tax credit for low to moderate income workers. Congress approved the tax credit legislation in 1975 in part to offset the burden of social security taxes and as an incentive to work. When EITC exceeds the amount of taxes owed, it results in a tax refund to those who claim and qualify for the credit. To qualify, taxpayers must meet certain requirements and file a tax return, even if they owe no tax or do not have a filing requirement.
Your constituents earned their EITC. Encourage them to claim it and get it.
Please consider any communication vehicles you have to inform your constituents about this important credit. Here are some examples and additional resources to help:
- 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
- Find out how many claimed EITC in your area last year and the amount of cash brought into your state economy on our State by State EITC Statistics page. (We also link you to the Brookings Institute EITC interactive database where you can display and download ZIP code-level tax return information for states, metro areas, counties, cities, and state legislative and congressional districts for multiple years.)
- See the percentage of eligible workers who claimed EITC in your state on our EITC Participation Rate by States chart.
- Join community local governments, schools, employers, and other interested parties in a national grassroots effort spotlighting EITC. Read more about EITC Awareness Day here.
- See tips from other government agencies on how to increase EITC Awareness on our "Tried and True Tips" pages.
- Use our official social media products to connect your social network to EITC--Tweet about EITC, share our tumblr blogs or put an EITC banner on your website. Explore these and more ways to connect your social network to increase EITC Awareness.
- Information on State and Local Government EITC Programs.
- Basic EITC Marketing and Communication Materials (including sample news releases, letters to the editor and even sample 'tweets'!)