NCTC hosts Congressional briefing to highlight the Earned Income Tax Credit

EITC Awareness Briefing 2013This January 31 is not only the opening day of tax season, but also EITC Awareness Day, when VITA providers, the IRS, elected officials, and NCTC all work to draw attention to this vital tax credit and its successful anti-poverty record.

In honor of EITC Awareness Day, on January 30, NCTC will be hosting a Congressional briefing, in partnership with 15 other national organizations, entitled: “How the EITC Expands Opportunity: A Vital Support for Women and Children.”

We have a great lineup of speakers for this panel, which promises to be engaging and informative for Congressional staff and advocates alike. We will hear remarks by:

•    Tracy Fischman, NCTC Board Member and Executive Director of AccountAbility Minnesota
•    Hans Riemer, Montgomery County, Maryland Councilmember
•    Camille Henry, EITC recipient
•    Pam Luckett, Montgomery County Community Action Agency Board Member
•    Shawn McMahon, Acting CEO of Wider Opportunities for Women
•    Amy Matsui, Senior Counsel of the National Women’s Law Center

There has been an increasing focus by researchers, policymakers, and the media upon women and their growing prominence in the U.S. economy. Yet, too many women are held back by low-wage jobs with few benefits, in spite of their dual roles as mothers and breadwinners. Against this backdrop, our panelists will shed some light upon the critical assistance provided by the EITC for women and children, and offer some policy solutions to increase the effectiveness of this tax credit in the future. And, it’s important to remember the key role that VITA programs play in helping hardworking families access this and other tax credits in order to stay out of poverty and get on the path to financial success.

We’re very much looking forward to hearing from our panelists. If you are interested in attending the briefing or would like more information, please contact us.

Stay tuned for more blog posts leading up to EITC Awareness Day!

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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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