In recognition of EITC Awareness Day, Goodwill Industries International stands with our partners as we continue to ensure that all eligible families have the chance to keep more of the money they’ve earned and get the tax credits for which they qualify.
We partner with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to inform filers across the country about their eligibility for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and connect them with free tax assistance. Many of our local Goodwill® agencies are promoting EITC in their communities and operating Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites to provide free tax preparation services to workers and residents who qualify. Read the rest of this entry
Savings bonds have an interesting history. First introduced in 1935, they were designed to “appeal primarily to individuals with small amounts to invest” and used as a way to expand participation in government financing. Their conceptual predecessor was the war bond, which, in various forms, has been available in the US as far back as the American Revolution. Although war bonds come and go, savings bonds have been offered to the public continuously since their inception, and tax-time savings bonds, savings bonds you can purchase directly on your tax form, have been available since 2009. By using IRS Form 8888, while preparing her taxes, a taxpayer could choose to “impulse save,” or set aside a part of her refund to purchase a U.S. Savings Bond, effectively pre-committing to save the money before she actually receives it. Read the rest of this entry
VITA and other free tax prep-sites have long been dedicated to promoting improved financial well-being for their clients. Beyond the value of direct service, one of the most important roles that free tax prep sites can play is by serving as partners in research projects examining the strength and viability of different strategies to boost the financial security of vulnerable American families.
The following is a cross-post from Tax Credits for Working Families’ blog.
What does it really take for a family to “get by”? Gallup has been asking Americans that question for nearly 80 years. Their most recent survey shows that Americans believe that a family of four needs nearly $60,000 a year to make ends meet in their community. Almost forty percent of respondents picked an income between $50,000 and $75,000; another 22 percent picked between $30,000 and $50,000 while 18 percent picked over $75,000 and 13 percent had no idea. Only 7 percent thought a family could get by with less than $30,000 in income. (By comparison, the official federal poverty level for a family of four is considerably lower—under $24,000.) Read the rest of this entry
Tax season is almost over and finally all of the pressure to “buy, buy, buy” with our refund will subside. But, thousands of taxpayers chose a different path this year – they chose to take a portion of their refund and save into U.S. Savings Bonds. In fact, since 2010, over 100,000 people have benefited from tax time savings bonds totaling more than $40 million. At D2D, we have been trying to increase the financial security of Americans for over a decade and very few innovations have been more successful or promising than tax-time savings. Read the rest of this entry