Today we’re celebrating. We’re celebrating a proven tool that helps thousands of workers in Pennsylvania keep more of what they earn to pay for things like reliable transportation to get to work, child care, housing and food. We’re celebrating that Congress took action at the end of 2015 to save this resource. We’re tipping our hat to the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and what it means to working families in the North Penn and Indian Valley Communities.
Research finds that the EITC encourages work, supports family financial stability and leads to long-term gains in child health and academic success.
Beyond the data, we see the power of the credit firsthand because North Penn United Way, our community partners, and hundreds of volunteers each year take action to connect hundreds of people to the EITC. Just last tax season, North Penn United Way, through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, helped connect 625 local people to $782,523 in tax refunds – money coming right back into our community and being spent at local businesses. Our 30 volunteers donated 1,849 hours of their time helping families with an average $20,000 income.
We’re thankful that Congress took action at the end of last year to save this vital resource for millions of working Americans.
And as tax season kicks off, we want to make sure that our community connects to the credits through VITA, where individuals or families earning $54,000 or less in 2015 can file their state and local taxes for free.
So celebrate with us today. Thank Congress, check out www.npuw.org for VITA information, and spread the good word online (#EITCAwarenessDay). Cheers!