Region I Supports National Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Awareness Day
As one of the largest federal anti-poverty programs, EITC is a powerful asset-building tool for people with earned income because it can reduce their taxes and result in a refund. It is estimated that EITC has lifted 6.6 million people out of poverty, including 3.3 million children. Last year, close to 26.5 million people received almost $60.7 billion in EITC. However, approximately one out of five eligible workers does not claim their EITC. For the 2012 federal tax returns, those who are eligible can receive up to $5,981.
ACF staff took part in regional events supporting the National Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day - January 25, 2013. Mary Ann Higgins, Regional Administrator spoke at the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program Kick-off and EITC Awareness Day event in Springfield, MA sponsored by Springfield Partners for Community Action. Paul Bailey, Executive Director of the Agency, thanked the many volunteers doing tax preparation and partners who spread awareness in the community and make it possible for citizens to benefit from the EITC. Other ACF staff attended events in Connecticut sponsored by the Connecticut Association for Human Services and the Danbury VITA Coalition and in Boston, MA. The Boston EITC Coalition partners launched their 12th annual free tax and asset building campaign and celebrated the opening of a new tax site – the first to be located in a public housing project. For more information about the Earned Income Tax Credit: http://www.eitc.irs.gov/central/main/