State EITC & VITA Funding Work – Can We Help?

David Marzahl

CEP President David Marzahl speaks at a bill signing to increase the Illinois state EITC

NCTC would like to help its affiliates replicate the kind of state-level success story that materialized last week in Illinois, where a new law was signed to increase the state Earned Income Tax Credit.

NCTC assisted the Center for Economic Progress – our Illinois affiliate – in providing some of the technical assistance necessary to achieve this victory for about 1 million low- and moderate-income, working families.  Together, NCTC and CEP provided state leaders with such expertise as projections for various credit-increase scenarios.  We also worked with fellow EITC coalition advocates to craft messages and pull-together compelling, national research that helped convince legislators of the need for this important step forward.

As a result of such shared efforts, the Illinois EITC will double to 10 percent of the federal credit over the next two years – representing $100 million more in tax relief for working households.

NCTC would like to know about similar state-level efforts throughout the nation – your work regarding:

  • State tax-credit policy – Are you trying to establish a new state EITC or grow the value of an existing credit?  Defend an existing state EITC from legislative threats?
  • State budget threats to Volunteer Income Tax Assistance – Are you fighting proposals to cut back on state or local funding for your VITA program?  How are existing cuts already affecting your services?

Please let NCTC know what’s happening out there – and whether we might be of help.  Where we’re able, NCTC can help you strengthen your own crucial policy-and-advocacy efforts to – in turn – improve the financial security of the families you serve.

Please share your stories and information with NCTC Civic Engagement Manager Gail Parson at gparson@tax-coalition.org or 312-252-0280, ext. 297.

By Sean Noble, Director of Public Policy & Research

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About National Community Tax Coalition

National Community Tax Coalition (NCTC) is the nation's largest, most comprehensive membership organization for community-based organizations offering free tax and financial services to low-income working families.

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