Community-based outreach efforts are critical to help eligible workers learn about and claim the EITC and the CTC. According to national estimates, 20 to 25 percent of eligible workers do not claim the EITC. This means that millions of workers are missing out on the income boost they’ve earned.
Your outreach efforts are especially important for workers who earn too little to be required to file a tax return, enter the labor force for the first time, earn less than expected during the year, mistakenly think they don’t qualify for the credits, or don’t know they can file their taxes for free and claim the EITC and CTC for up to three previous years. Explore the strategies on this page to help workers get back the money they’ve earned.