National EITC Web Resources

National Asset Development 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.

AARP Tax-Aide
www.aarp.org/taxaide

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
http://www.aecf.org/MajorInitiatives/FamilyEconomicSuccess/EITCFreeTaxAssistance.aspx
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
http://www.brookings.edu/metro/EITC/EITC-Homepage.aspx

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
www.oweesta.org/EITC
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 info@oweesta.org. To learn more about NFEC visit. www.oweesta.org/EITC

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, “Money Talks! Have You Heard?” Community Outreach Kit
www.eitcoutreach.org.
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 distributed to over 15,000 organization. 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
http://www.taxcreditsforworkingfamilies.org/

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)
www.irs-eitc.info/SPEC .
This site is an electronic EITC tool-kit for community partners and IRS SPEC employees. It contains a variety of fact sheets and links to assist 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 http://www.nationalassembly.org/Publications/documents/btg/btg_benefitsguideapril2010.pdf
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 Community Tax Coalition
www.tax-coalition.org.

Drawing on the experience and materials developed by the Center For Economic Progress’ Tax Counseling Project in Illinois and hundreds of community tax preparation programs, this site features a resource library to assist organizations to operate free tax preparation programs, carry out EITC outreach, and serve immigrant taxpayers. A “Program Locator” provides state-by-state information on free tax preparation programs.

National League of Cities
An Action Kit for Municipal Leaders: Helping Working Families
www.nlc.org/IYEF/EITC

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.