The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) was established by Congress in 1975 to help working families; it is now the nation’s largest anti-poverty program for low-to-moderate-income families. In 2013, over 1,760 working Napa County families received $776,471 as Earned Income Tax Credits. That money flowed back into our local communities to buy goods and services. Thousands of families in Napa County are eligible for EITC, yet many do not file for this credit due to lack of information or affordable tax assistance. That’s why the Board of Supervisors has declared today (January 31) as “National Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day” (as recommended by the IRS!).
Napa County’s Earn it! Keep it! Save it! Campaign is a public/private/non-profit collaboration that seeks to increase the income and build the assets of low-income families and individuals countywide. Services are available to households with a 2013 income of $52,000 or less (exceptions may apply).
While today is the designated “awareness” day, the program is available in most locations through April 15, and in St. Helena until October 15. A list of local centers can be found here (scroll to second page). Even if you don’t qualify for this service, you may have family members, employees, or others you know that can use it. Please share this information with them!
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