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EITC and Tax Assistance

Increase Access to EITC and Connect Tax Refunds to Asset Building

In the 2012 tax year more than 27 million workers claimed some $63 billion in Earned Income Credits (EIC)1. In 2013 the EIC could be worth as much as $6,044 for some working families2. Providing IDA participants with information on free tax preparation and tax credits, such as the EIC, can significantly improve their financial well-being.

Marketing the EIC and other credits, and providing tax preparation assistance to low-income families, are important components of effective AFI programs. One way to address both needs is through outreach and community partnership. Below is a list of links and materials to help your organization serve low-income IDA participants, increase outreach and marketing capacity, maximize the ability to recruit, train, and retain tax volunteers, and understand links to asset-building strategies.

1IRS Statistic for Tax Returns with EITC
2IRS EITC Income Limits, Maximum Credit Amounts and Tax Law Updates

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