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Celebrating EITC Awareness Day

January 14, 2019
Jan. 25, 2019 is the 13th annual Earned Income Tax Assistance (EITC) Awareness Day.
This day offers an opportunity for cities in California to come together with community organizations, schools, employers and other partners to increase awareness of the EITC and other tax credits.

It also offers city leaders the opportunity for the city to connect with, celebrate and encourage their residents to access free tax filing services through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

In 2018, more than $6.6 billion was accessed by eligible workers and families in the state and nearly $63 billion nationwide.

Each year, these dollars provide an economic jolt for businesses within local communities and increase the financial stability of families.

EITC Awareness Day is an effort by the IRS to increase the number of individuals that claim the EITC on their tax returns. 

Many families do not even realize they are eligible to receive this refund. 

According to the IRS, one in five eligible individuals does not claim the EITC, potentially leaving hundreds or thousands of dollars on the table that could be used to pay bills and purchase necessities for their families.  If claimed, these EITC returns could inject millions of dollars into the local economy.

The National League of Cities (NLC) Institute for Youth, Education, and Families (YEF Institute) has created a guide for EITC Awareness Day to help city leaders connect with VITA partners and raise residents’ awareness of the EITC by celebrating EITC Awareness Day.

Please join NLC and the League in celebrating the EITC on Jan. 25 and raise awareness of this important economic development tool for the cities and residents in California.

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