Do you know that workers in your area can receive up to $6,728 by claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) on their 2021 tax return? Consider the financial boost this tax credit provides to your constituents and the impact that influx of cash brings to your local economy. Yet, there are potentially eligible recipients who don’t claim this credit because they don’t file a Federal tax return!
The EITC is a federal tax credit for working people who have earned low to moderate income. Congress created the EITC as part of the Tax Reduction Act of 1975 in part to offset Social Security taxes on low-income families and as an incentive to work. When EITC exceeds the amount of taxes owed, it results in a tax refund for eligible workers who claim 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 so encourage them to claim it. Here are some resources that will help you to promote the credit
- Find out how many eligible workers claimed EITC last year and the amount of cash brought into your state economy on our Statistics for Tax Returns with EITC page. If you want more IRS information on individual income tax filers, there is also a link to the Brookings Institute interactive database where you can view or download ZIP code-level EITC filer information.
- See the percentage of eligible workers who claimed EITC in your state on our EITC Participation Rate by States chart.
- Join community organizations, elected officials, state and local governments, schools, employers, and other interested parties for our annual EITC Awareness Day here, a national effort to increase EITC awareness.
- Visit our Tried and True Tips page to download suggestions on how to start your own successful EITC campaign.
- Learn best practices from financial institutions, educational institutions, government agencies, volunteer organizations, and large employers on ways to help working taxpayers get the EITC.
- Use social media to share the latest information on EITC. Also, visit our Multi-Media Center page where you can find YouTube videos, podcasts, subscription services, IRS Tax Tips, Twitter feeds, and the IRS2Go app.
- Go to our TV PSA and Videos page for public service announcements, news releases, audio files, and videos to spread EITC awareness.
- Find out which states offer their residents an earned income or a similar credit on our State and Local Government EITC Programs page.
- Read about the IRS partnership with New York City to reach potentially eligible residents.
- Visit our Basic EITC Marketing & Communication Materials page for links to resources that will help spread the word about the EITC.