Government Agencies and Offices

Did you know that taxpayers in your area can receive up to $6,557 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. Here are some examples and additional resources 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.)