National EITC Awareness Day
While hundreds of VITA programs celebrated National EITC Awareness Day in their local communities, NCTC celebrated with a policy briefing on Capitol Hill.
On January 28th, National EITC Awareness Day, NCTC hosted a policy briefing for Congressional staffers on the impact and importance of the EITC and other refundable credits that provide incentives for work and strengthen local economies. A dynamic panel, which was facilitated by NCTC’s Senior Director Jackie Lynn Coleman, was comprised of:
- Floyd Williams, National Director of Legislative Affairs with the IRS
- Maggie Doedtman, Program Coordinator with KC CASH Campaign
- David Rothstein, Researcher with Policy Matters Ohio, NCTC Steering Committee Member, and Co-chair of the NCTC Advocacy Working Group
Speaking to 30 plus Congressional staffers, Mr. Williams spoke of the importance of VITA and invited Congressional offices to visit tax sites throughout the tax season. He also spoke about the important role elected officials can play in raising awareness of the EITC and free tax preparation programs by partnering with the IRS a media spokespersons.
The KC CASH Coalition has certainly excelled at EITC outreach. According to Ms. Doedtman, through the support of the VITA Grant program, KC CASH has been able to serve more people with disabilities and English as a second language clients in and around Kansas City. Ms. Doedtman not only discussed the growth of her program but she shared powerful client stories about the impact of the EITC and the Child Tax Credits on the lives of her clients.
This impact goes beyond individual families. As Mr. Rothstein explained, these vital refundable credits act as local incubators by producing a multiplier effect in local economies. “Several studies, including our own, have found that for every $1 of EITC refund that comes into the local economy, it creates $2 in additional economic activity,” said Rothstein. “On the ground-level, when a family receives a $2,000 refund and uses it to fix their car or buy clothes for their kids – this has a ripple effect on the merchants in the local economy.”
As NCTC continues to work with our affiliates to strengthen refundable tax credits for working families, we ask that you take the first step by hosting your Members of Congress at your tax sites this year.
By Lucy Mullany, Manager of Government Relations