National EITC Web Resources
Several organizations who participate in the National EITC Outreach Partnership provide web-based resources specifically designed to assist national, state and local EITC outreach and free tax assistance programs and to encourage such programs in linking to asset development efforts.
Offers tax counseling, frequently asked tax questions, program information, volunteer opportunities, and, from February 1 to April 15, the locations of free Tax-Aide tax filing sites nationwide. AARP Tax-Aide helps taxpayers with middle and low-incomes, with special attention to those age 60 and older.
AARP Tax-Aide provides 24-hour year-round Internet tax counseling service at its web site. Taxpayers can pose questions online and get quality-reviewed answers back within a few business days. Interested volunteers with web access can sign up online at the website.
Annie E. Casey Foundation, National Tax Assistance for Working Families Campaign
In October, 2002, the Annie E. Casey Foundation established the National Tax Assistance for Working Families Campaign. The campaign seeks to build the capacity of participating local campaigns and to increase national attention to the importance of the EITC, free or low-cost tax preparation services, and asset development for low-income working families. This website provides valuable information and resources to campaign site leaders, volunteers, policymakers, advocates and the general public.
Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program
Available state and local data on the number of EITC claims filed and refund dollars received can be used effectively to generate support for EITC initiatives. Several reports using such data that can assist outreach efforts are available at this website. It includes an “Interactive Site,” from which data on EITC claims by zip code can be obtained for tax years 1997 through 2007. It provides guidance on how these data can be used to describe the local impacts of the credit and efforts to increase the number of eligible families claiming it. Data is also provided for the number of EITC claims filed in tax years 1999-2007 using Refund Anticipation Loans.
Building Native Communities: A Tribal Leader’s Guide to Launching an Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Campaign
Produced by the Native Financial Education Coalition (NFEC), this useful resource is designed to help tribal leaders conduct tax credit outreach.
Since 2000, NFEC, facilitated by First Nations Oweesta Corporation, has worked to increase financial education in Native communities and build the
capacity of tribes and tribal organizations to provide financial skills and training. It also published Building Native Communities: Financial Skills
for Families, a curriculum for financial education providers in Native communities that includes a chapter on the EIC. To find out where these guides
are being used and to order free copies contact First Nations Oweesta Corporation, (605) 342-3770 or email@example.com.
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, “Money Talks! Have You Heard?” Community Outreach Kit
This Kit provides a guide to outreach strategy on the EITC and Child Tax Credit, fact sheets and outreach tools such as flyers, posters and envelope
stuffers to organizations planning to conduct community outreach efforts on tax credits for low- and moderate-income workers. The Kit is updated each
year and a free hard-copy of the Kit will be mailed to any organization which requests it. Requests for the Kit can be made at the website, which also provides translations of an outreach flyer in 19 languages other than English and Spanish.
The Hatcher Group, State EITC On-Line Resource Center
Provides ready access to research, resources and updated information about state Earned Income Tax Credits and efforts to enact the credit in particular states. It features a “50 State Resource Map,” providing a quick status report on each state’s EITC or efforts to enact one, as well as a state contact for more information.
Internal Revenue Service, Stakeholder, Partnership, Education and Communication (SPEC)
communities in developing and implementing Community Based Partnerships that link education and awareness of federal tax credits (including the EITC
and Child Tax Credit) with free tax preparation services and asset building opportunities. The site provides state-by-state IRS data on EITC claims.
National Assembly of Health and Human Service-Family Strengthening Policy Center
The Assembly has produced a 10-page toolkit for nonprofit organizations, encouraging them to extend EITC to their employees and clients. It builds on the fine work of others in the Partnership but tailors the appeal to nonprofit agencies and particularly how they can make EITC known to their lower-earning employees.
National League of Cities
This on-line action kit describes steps that mayors, city council members, and other municipal leaders can take to help working families by developing outreach campaigns to claim federal benefits like the EITC. It suggests how to get started, describes proven outreach strategies, and offers background information and additional resources.