FACT SHEET: Vice President Kamala Harris Leads Biden-Harris Administration Day of Action to Ensure Americans Get the Tax Credits They Deserve
Vice President Harris and Secretary Yellen Headline Day of Action Event Alongside White House ARP Coordinator Gene Sperling, Mayors and Major Non-Profits to Encourage Americans to Sign Up for the Expanded Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit
Hundreds of non-profit organizations, state and local governments, members of Congress, and agencies across the federal government are joining Vice President Kamala Harris, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, White House American Rescue Plan Coordinator and Senior Advisor to the President Gene Sperling, and others for the Biden-Harris Administration’s Day of Action to encourage Americans to file their taxes to receive the Child Tax Credit (CTC) and the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) this tax season. The Day of Action commitments announced today – part of an ongoing, all-out push to make sure every eligible American receives the tax relief that they are eligible for under current law – could reach tens of millions of Americans.
The American Rescue Plan Made Significant Changes to Two Critical Tax Relief Programs.
- Expanded the Child Tax Credit from $2,000 per child to $3,600 for children under 6 and $3,000 for children between 6 and 17.
- Nearly Tripled the Earned Income Tax Credit for workers without dependent children – from ~$540 to up to $1,500 for 17 million workers without dependent children and made previously ineligible younger workers (19-24) who are not half-time or full-time students, and older workers (65+) newly eligible for the expanded Earned Income Tax Credit.
February 8th is a Day of Action to Ensure All Eligible Americans Sign Up for These American Rescue Plan Tax Cuts.
- Families must file a tax return in 2022 to receive the second half of the Child Tax Credit. While the families of 61 million children received advance monthly payments between July and December 2021, families need to file a tax return to receive the second half.
- By filing a tax return, families that did not receive the advance payments in 2021 can still get the full Child Tax Credit, as well as the up to $1,400-per-person Economic Impact Payment that they might have missed. Some taxpayers with qualifying children – like those who welcomed a new baby in 2021 or those who haven’t filed taxes in recent years and did not use the non-filer portal – can get their full Child Tax Credit by filing their tax returns. Eligible families that did not receive the up to $1,400 per person Economic Impact Payment included in the American Rescue Plan can claim those payments by filing a tax return this year.
- Many families who are eligible for the Child Tax Credit are also eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit and can get thousands of dollars in additional tax relief by filing their tax return this year. In addition, the American Rescue Plan nearly tripled the EITC for workers without dependent children to $1,500 and made millions more Americans eligible.
New Government Website – ChildTaxCredit.Gov – Directs Americans to Tax-Filing Assistance.
The Day of Action coincides with the recent re-launch of the new and improved ChildTaxCredit.gov. The revamped website has several new features to help taxpayers file their taxes and access the remainder of the expanded Child Tax Credit, the full amount of the Child Tax Credit, and/or the Earned Income Tax Credit as tax filing season begins.
To help Americans navigate tax filing season, the website features a new tool that directs taxpayers to free assisted filing options that suit them based on answers to a handful of simple questions. These options include both virtual and in-person support in multiple languages. Many of the organizations who have answered the Administration’s call to action are leveraging the new ChildTaxCredit.gov for assistance.
Congressional Champions Join the Day of Action.
U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and Reverend Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) and U.S. Representatives Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) and Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.) will headline a press call on the Day of Action encouraging all Americans to file their taxes to access the Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit.
Hundreds of Non-Profits and Community-Based Organizations Are Taking Action to Reach Families Across the Country.
Hundreds of non-profits, community-based organizations, religious organizations, veterans’ organizations, youth organizations, disability organizations, seniors’ organizations, health and medical organizations, foster care organizations, and more made commitments to take a wide range of actions, today and throughout the tax filing seasons.
- Events in all 50 states and Puerto Rico throughout tax filing season to encourage families to file their taxes and connect them with tax filing assistance. Major non-profits and faith-based organizations including AARP, UnidosUS, United Way Worldwide, the Partnership for America’s Children, Coalition on Human Needs, the Arc of the United States, the National Community Action Partnership, NETWORK Catholic Lobby for Social Justice, Friends Committee on National Legislation, Salvation Army, National Association of Evangelicals, National Council of Jewish Women, the Jewish Federations of North America, Catholic Charities USA, and more have committed to host community events to ensure Americans receive the tax credits they are eligible for.
- Texting campaigns to direct families to tax filing assistance. Organizations including but not limited to the National Urban League, the Hispanic Federation, Think of Us, the Shah Family Foundation and FindYourFunds, the Community Child Care Council (4Cs) of Alameda County, and Common Sense Media will launch direct texting campaigns.
- Trainings for frontline workers and service providers to ensure they encourage clients to file their taxes and direct them to assistance. Groups including Children at Risk and the Texas Family Leadership Council, Children’s Action Alliance, Partnership for America’s Children, Lutheran Services of America, UnidosUS, American Public Human Services Association, and Hunger Free America will train hundreds of frontline workers to help families navigate tax filing.
- Hosting Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites to connect people with in-person tax preparation assistance, including those run by StreetCred at Boston Medical Center, Lincoln VITA, Educational Alliance, United Way, and AARP.
- Developing and providing free tax preparation online services including United Way’s My Free Taxes, AARP’s Tax Counseling for the Elderly, and Code for America’s Get Your Refund.
- Sharing information on the Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit through social media channels, with a reach totaling 16.7 million people including campaigns led by MomsRising, Prosperity Now, National Council of Jewish Women, and dozens of other organizations.
State, Local, Municipal, and Tribal Leaders Commit to Action Throughout Tax Filing Season.
During tax filing season, state and local leaders will take action on CTC/EITC enrollment, including:
- California will continue ongoing awareness activities through a public-private partnership investing $30 million in community-based organizations to reach eligible residents.
- Illinois through its “Ladder Up” program, will continue supporting tax prep for residents with incomes below 200% of the poverty level and rely on a network of professional tax prep staff and volunteers.
- New York will continue encouraging New Yorkers to take advantage of Free File software, which can help millions of taxpayers claim valuable tax credits without the cost of hiring a paid tax preparer.
- Oregon Department of Human Services will work with several other state agencies and community organizations to spread the word and encourage residents find a tax filing assister near them.
- National Community Action Partnership will deploy their 200 Community Action Agencies to conduct CTC/EITC outreach, with a number of them directly operating VITA sites.
- Chicago, IL will launch a series of webinars and trainings in partnership with elected officials as well as conduct a Tax-a-Thon event at Olive-Harvey College through VITA partners and Ladder Up Chicago.
- Detroit, MI will kick off “Ten Days of Action” including a United Way for Southeast Michigan Town Hall, and email and text message campaigns to city subscribers, public school community district subscribers, and state social services recipients.
- Hartford, CT will launch an SMS campaign sending direct text messages to residents, as well as radio, and media campaigns. Hartford has also trained local librarians to serve as navigators for individuals who need tax filing assistance.
- Houston, TX will amplify CTC/EITC on official channels and to their Employee News communication platform which services 22,000+ city employees.
- Kansas City, MO will continue leveraging its Emergency Rental Assistance hub to assist residents with applying for and obtaining the CTC/EITC, and promoting information on platforms and channels including the City’s quarterly news magazine.
- The Karuk Tribe will collaborate with the United Way to provide information on free tax services and promote awareness on their communications platforms.
- Lansing, MI will continue partnering with Capital Area United Way to promote CTC/EITC to targeted households and conduct outreach at events such as their utility assistance events.
- Los Angeles, CA will launch their campaign to promote their tax prep services on Thursday, February 10, 2022including activating a network of trusted nonprofit partners to assist accessing CTC and EITC.
- Los Angeles County, CA will continue a text-message campaign in partnership with the United Ways of California, and ensuring county residents are connected to VITA resources.
- Louisville, KY will continue their Tax Time Connect initiative with VITA and Bank On Louisville to promote banking access and CTC/EITC, expand VITA capacity, and partner with the Louisville Urban League in-person support.
- Madison, WI will deploy tax support through public libraries, free to affordable printing of instructions and tax forms, and offering a series of in-person and same day assistance.
- Miami Dade County, FL will partner across county departments to promote local free income tax preparation services through VITA as well as conduct outreach at existing resource fairs, canvassing, radio, info cards.
- Newark, NJ will launch a virtual kick-off event with Mayor Baraka and New Jersey Citizen Action to promote their free tax preparation services.
- New York, NY will lead press and outreach events in targeted neighborhoods with local elected officials at VITA sites, canvas at local food pantries, issue postcard mailers to 250,000 EITC eligible households, launch outdoor advertising on bus shelters and send an email to the more than 420,000 City of New York employees about CTC and EITC.
- Philadelphia, PA will launch “Claim Your Money PHL,” and run targeted print and digital ads, bus ads, and deploy street team outreach in addition to providing resources to our local non-profit tax preparation partners.
- Salt Lake County, UT will partner with the University of Utah’s Connect to Collect Project to increase EITC enrollment, and promote to trusted locations through partnerships with Granite School District, and VITA, and the United Way.
- San Antonio, TX will place VITA program information in the City’s “on-hold phone message,” host community events, and continue cross-enrollment promotion through COVID-19 emergency programs. As Chair of the Texas Big City Mayors coalition, Mayor Nirenberg will encourage statewide enrollment throughout Texas’ largest municipalities, representing over 8 million Texans.
- San Jose, CA will deploy tax support services at 24 libraries and partner with city departments to promote CTC/EITC.
- South Bend, IN will train staff at local assistance programs, canvas targeted neighborhoods, and partner with local public health workers, librarians, and other nonprofit organizations to organize sign-up events.
- St. Louis, MO will continue partnering with city government and service providers like the United Way, Metro-St. Louis Community Tax Coalition, and St. Louis Public Schools on tax preparation events and assistance for families looking to file or get answers on the Child Tax Credit.
- St. Paul, MN will deploy their Office of Financial Empowerment and other departments and community partners to provide free tax prep and VITA support, and continue to amplifying their multi-language website and messaging on digital and social platforms.
Continued Biden-Harris Administration Whole-of-Government Effort On CTC/EITC Enrollment.
Agencies across the federal government have heeded the call to reach as many families as possible.
- The Treasury Department will push out information on CTC and EITC on social media during the Day of Action and in the weeks that follow and will co-lead trainings with the White House reaching external and intergovernmental CTC/EITC navigators. In addition, IRS, through its Volunteers Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) sites, assist taxpayers in free tax return preparation and electronically filing tax returns, including those claiming the CTC and EITC credits. Last year, in local communities, over 8,800 volunteer sites filed nearly two million tax returns at no cost. For information on a local site, visit https://www.irs.gov/individuals/free-tax-return-preparation-for-qualifying-taxpayers.
- Social Security Administration will build off of their 2021 successful five-week national marketing campaign, which included web banners, digital search ads, radio ads, and billboards, to reach low-income individuals, including people who receive SSI and Social Security benefits. SSA also released guidance to 27,000 employees in over 1,200 field offices nationwide on how to educate families applying for or receiving SSI about the CTC and the advanced CTC payments and reiterated that CTC should not affect SSI benefits. SSA will build upon their successful 2021 efforts by updating instructional material to frontline technicians that explains the impact of the CTC and EITC with persons filing for SSI and SSI recipients who have a child or children. In addition, SSA will release a blog post on the importance of the CTC and EITC.
- The Department of Housing and Urban Development will mobilize on-the-ground staff and stakeholders to help HUD-assisted households file taxes. Through targeted communications and promotion at conferences, HUD will provide information on the CTC and EITC, and connect VITA centers to public housing authorities, multifamily housing property managers, resident services providers, housing counselors, Continuums of Care, HIV/AIDS service organizations, victim service providers and tribal organizations. These efforts will reach staff at the more than 3,000 Public Housing Authorities (PHAs), the nearly 2,000 PHA-based service providers, 2,000 tribal housing partners, nearly 400 Continuums of Care, and the roughly 16,000 housing counselors, as well as nearly 14,000 Multifamily property managers and resident service providers. HUD will also partner with VITA centers across the country and continue our ongoing collaboration with AmeriCorps to mobilize more than 200 HUD-VISTA Volunteers to assist HUD families’ tax filing. Building on the ten stakeholder CTC trainings HUD held in the fall, HUD will coordinate with Treasury to hold targeted navigator trainings for HUD stakeholders on the CTC and EITC.
- The Administration for Children and Families at the Department of Health and Human Services will partner with local VITA sites with tax specialists, focusing on immigrant communities, young teen parents, parents in recovery and parents with mental health. They will also share videos of parents and grandparents who are trusted messengers who share their stories on how signing up for the tax credits made a significant impact on their lives.
- AmeriCorps will host a roundtable during the week of 2/14 with an AmeriCorps Seniors VITA center grantee in Baltimore. AmeriCorps is also a member of the Colorado Economic Mobility Partnership, a joint effort between Colorado Governor Jared Polis’ administration, the Colorado State Service Commission, Serve Colorado, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and AmeriCorps. The partnership kicked off on January 14, 2022, which was declared by Governor Polis as AmeriCorps Economic Mobility Day and marked the initial deployment of two AmeriCorps NCCC teams focused on VITA service activities. AmeriCorps NCCC is a fulltime service program that supports young adults to serve on a team and make a positive impact in communities across the country while gaining valuable leadership skills. AmeriCorps NCCC has six additional projects identified to deploy its volunteers on tax preparation efforts, including the additional CTC follow-up work. All of the projects will include VITA tax prep for low-income individuals and will include a focus on CTC and Earned Income Tax Credit, as well as other rebates available for low-income individuals.
- The United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Services will inform and engage FNS stakeholders through email, traditional mailed and digital lifting up and reinforcing CTC outreach opportunities and supporting materials available by Treasury. FNS expects to reach more than 100,000 program operators, community organizations, and interested individuals directly through our collective platforms, with an even broader reach as FNS encourages the resharing of information.
- The Department of Education will share information on the Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit to grantees and organizations that primarily serve disadvantaged students. The Department will ask that these grantees and organizations share information with their communities.
Philanthropic Support of Tax Benefits Access.
Dozens of philanthropic investors have made significant investments to help families access tax relief in 2022, coordinated by the CTC and EITC funders networks. The Annie E. Casey Foundation, the AARP Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Gates Foundation, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies, and others have contributed more than $37 million in new investments into communities to support CTC and EITC. Investments area include:
Testing New Models for Effective Outreach.
- EITC Funders Network, in partnership with Community Foundation Opportunity Network (CFON) and CFLeads, is managing the Community Outreach and Opportunity Fund (CO-OP Fund). The fund partners with 24 community foundations across the country to work with their local partners testing a range of innovative outreach and engagement strategies. The purpose of the CO-OP Fund is to engage community foundations and their strongly connected local community partners to ensure that as many families as possible receive the full Child Tax Credit (CTC) and Earned Income tax Credit (EITC) benefits they have earned, as quickly and easily as possible.
Commitments to Focus on Newly Eligible EITC Populations (Older and younger Workers).
Specific Funding for Puerto Rico’s CTC and EITC Eligible Populations.
About the Child Tax Credit: Tax Cuts for Families with Children.
- Largest-ever Child Tax Credit: The American Rescue Plan dramatically expanded the Child Tax Credit – providing by far the largest credit ever. For families with children under 17, the American Rescue Plan increased the Child Tax Credit from $2,000 per child to $3,000 per child for children over the age of six and from $2,000 to $3,600 for children under the age of six. It also raised the age limit from 16 to 17, providing families of older children up to an additional $3,000 in Child Tax Credit.
- First-ever monthly tax payments to the families of 61 million children: In July, just four months after President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan, Treasury began distributing advance monthly Child Tax Credit payments to the overwhelming majority of families with children. Advance payments went out each month from July to December 2021 – providing most families with the first half of their Child Tax Credit.
- Payments were delivered on the same day – the 15th – of each month from July to December: Close to 90% of families enrolled in advance payments received their Child Tax Credit payments with direct deposit – on the 15th of every month (or earlier if the 15th fell on a weekend or a holiday), listed under “CHILDCTC”.
- Helping middle class families cover the costs of raising their children and dramatically reducing child poverty: The Child Tax Credit is helping middle income families cover the costs of raising their children, from paying for childcare to making their mortgage and car payments, to helping build a college fund. The Child Tax Credit is also a critical tool to cut child poverty. Treasury estimates that the families of over 26 million lower-income children will receive the full credit for 2021 who would have previously gotten a partial credit or no credit because they had too little in income. Monthly Child Tax Credit payments had an immediate impact – reducing food insufficiency among lower-income families by 25 percent. Experts estimate that expanded Child Tax Credit and other critical policies in the American Rescue Plan will have brought child poverty to its lowest levels on record.
- 729,000 children in non-filing families received advance payments automatically: The Biden-Harris administration automatically enrolled the families of 729,000 children – whose parents or guardians had signed up for a previous Economic Impact Payment.
- First-ever simplified filing tools Child Tax Credit: The Biden-Harris Administration launched the first-ever non-filer tools for the Child Tax Credit in 2021, including a portal that was mobile friendly and available in Spanish.
About the Earned Income Tax Credit: Over 17 Million Americans to Benefit from Expansion of EITC for Workers Without Dependent Children.
The American Rescue Plan expanded the Earned Income Tax Credit to include more people, more families, and more money by nearly tripling the credit for workers without dependent children and including younger (19-24) and older workers (65+) who were previously excluded.
- Nearly tripled EITC to $1500 for workers without dependent children – benefitting 17 million Americans: The American Rescue Plan nearly tripled the Earned Income Tax Credit for workers without dependent children from about $540 to $1,500. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities estimates that this expansion has the potential to benefit over 17 million Americans.
- First increase to EITC for workers without dependent children since 1993: While the Earned Income Tax Credit provides thousands of dollars of critical relief to families with children, workers without dependent children, including younger workers, and workers with adult children, have not seen a meaningful increase in their Earned Income Tax Credit since 1993.
- Younger and older workers are eligible: Before the American Rescue Plan, people under 25 or 65 and over were ineligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit for workers without dependent children. The American Rescue Plan changed that. Younger workers (19-24) who are not half-time or full-time students, and older workers (65+) are newly eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit for workers without dependent children. In addition – the American Rescue Plan increased the cap at which someone’s income made them ineligible for a benefit – from about $16,000 to over $21,000 for a single filer and from about $21,000 to more than $27,000 for a married couple.
APPENDIX: FULL LIST OF COMMITMENTS FROM NON-PROFITS AND COMMUNITY-BASED ORGANIZATIONS
- AARP will host VITA sites, offer free tax assistance through their Tax Counseling for the Elderly program, and will host events to raise awareness about CTC and EITC in all 50 states.
- Afterschool Alliance will host a webinar that will be recorded and can be re-watched at any time.
- Agudath Israel of America will enlist accountants and other experts to educate and assist individuals and families in the community to obtain the CTC/EITC and will assist populations within their community that require language assistance (e.g. in Yiddish, Hebrew or Russian) to learn about the CTC/EITC.
- Alliance to End Hunger will share information about the CTC/EITC on social media, with their email lists, through newsletters, and on their website.
- American Children’s Campaign will distribute social media materials to their large network of organizational partners to share with their followers and lists.
- Americans for Tax Fairness will distribute flyers on the CTC and EITC and will promote the CTC and EITC on social media.
- American Muslim Health Professionals will share information about CTC, its impact on child health, and ChildTaxCredit.gov on social media, email lists and newsletters.
- American Public Health Services Association will provide technical assistance and resources to state and local governments to support outreach efforts and increase awareness of benefits for family economic mobility through the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit. APSHA will support development of targeted resources for state and local human service agencies to use in customer communications by text and web, as well as in-person resources. These efforts will include effective parent-led campaigns to raise awareness to these important benefit for all families.
- Association of American Medical Colleges will ask affiliates to share information with the communities they serve.
- Blue Future will share information about the CTC/EITC on social media, with their email lists, through newsletters, and on their website.
- Boston Medical Center will share information about the CTC and EITC on social media.
- Boys & Girls Clubs of America will share information about free tax prep resources on Childtaxcredit.gov with their Boys & Girls Clubs affiliates that serve 4.3 million youth at over 4,700 Club sites in a typical year.
- Building Back Together will share information about the CTC and EITC on social media.
- Care Income Now will host a press conference with community partners. They will distribute flyers on the CTC and EITC and will promote the CTC and EITC on social media.
- Catholic Charities USA and their local affiliates will continue to host trainings and share information about the CTC/EITC on social media, with their email lists, through newsletters, and on their website.
- Center on Budget and Policy Priorities will host a learning series on EITC/CTC outreach called Tax Time Thursdays every other week throughout the tax season. Presentation topics will include peer-to-peer outreach, reaching foster and homeless youth, reaching older adults, and reaching immigrants.
- Center for the Study of Social Policy will create and circulate flyers specific to their networks.
- Change Machine will reach out to 5,000 people, primarily nonprofit practitioners offering direct services to build financial security.
- CHILDREN AT RISK, the Texas Family Leadership Council, the Coalition on Human Needs, and the Partnership for America’s Children will co-host a training for Texas service providers on February 16.
- Children Now will distribute flyers on the CTC and EITC and will promote the CTC and EITC on social media.
- Children’s Action Alliance, Partnership for America’s Children, and the Coalition on Human Needs will co-host a training for Arizona service providers and other organizations in early March.
- Children’s Advocacy Alliance will distribute flyers on the CTC and EITC and will promote the CTC and EITC on social media.
- Children’s Defense Fund published FAQs about tax filing on their website and will discuss the CTC and EITC on media. They will send information and flyers on CTC/EITC to their email networks.
- Children’s HealthWatch will host a virtual event on how to assist families with accessing the CTC/EITC.
- Children’s Home & Aid Society of Illinois will provide information and training to frontline staff to help families access the CTC/EITC. They will also post information on social media.
- Citizens’ Committee for New York, Inc. will host a training for frontline staff and will share information on social media.
- CityGate Network will distribute a 12-page publication to their 300 affiliates with information on the tax credits and how to access them.
- Coalition on Human Needs will host webinars for community health networks across the country. They will also partner with Lutheran Services in America and the Partnership for America’s Children on a training on February 17th. Coalition on Human Needs will also partner with UnidosUS and the Partnership for America’s Children on trainings for families in Spanish.
- Code for America’s GetYourRefund tool will continue to help tens of thousands of Americans with free, simple tax filing assistance.
- Common Sense Media will launch a direct texting campaign to eligible families and will host a press conference with community partners.
- Community Catalyst will share information on social media.
- Community Child Care Council (4Cs) of Alameda County will launch a direct texting campaign to eligible families.
- Community Economic Development of Michigan and its member organizations will host more than a dozen “Show Me The Money Days” — local financial empowerment and community resource fairs for lower-income families that will highlight free tax prep and state and federal tax credits including the CTC and EITC.
- Community Legal Aid Society, Inc. (Delaware) will post a training for community members on social media.
- Community Legal Services of Philadelphia will be hosting a Claim Your Cash Party in Philadelphia to help young people ages 18-25 learn about the tax credits and refunds they can get, including the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit, if they are parents. Many low-income youth must support themselves and their families, but aren’t required to file taxes, and might not be getting all of the income support they are entitled to. CLS’s party will help youth engage in the process so they can claim their refunds and credits, which will help them support themselves and their families.
- Connecticut Association for Human Services will host pop up events, including a “Super Refund Saturday” on February 26 to help people with tax filing. They will also distribute information through social media, text campaigns, and other communications.
- Economic Security Project is spreading the word about the Day of Action to their network of 100+ advocacy and nonprofit groups with reach on the ground who can amplify the message and distribute it directly to impacted people and is working with Members of Congress to lift up.
- Educare Learning Network will share information on social media.
- Education Alliance will host a VITA site and distribute their own translated materials.
- Espacios Abiertos Puerto Rico will launch an EITC/CTC data visualization map that shows the economic impact in dollars, number of families and children that will benefit from the credits and how it all relates to poverty levels island-wide and for each one of the 78 municipalities in Puerto Rico. This platform will serve as the compass for a strategic multi-sector collaborative effort across the island for a tax filing campaign and free tax preparation services.
- Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will share information on social media.
- Family Equality will share information about childtaxcredit.gov on their LGBTQ+ family Facebook page and other on-line groups and will circulate a one-pager.
- Family Healthcare of St. George, Utah will share information on social media, and on their website news page.
- Feeding America will share materials on CTC/EITC and tax prep assistance with their 199 local affiliates and will host nation-wide webinars. They will also encourage further sharing of resources with over 60,000 faith-based and charitable food distribution partners. Feeding America will also invite network members engaging in SNAP application assistance to help with outreach. Additional actions include: adding new content on tax prep service to their website, sending text messages to their listserv, posting content on social media, post links to free tax prep services on the “thank you” pages displayed to neighbors upon electronic submission of an online referral form for SNAP application assistance.
- First Choice Primary Care will share CTC/EITC information with their staff and their community on their social media platform as well as at outreach events.
- First Focus on Children will host a virtual event in April.
- Food Research & Action Center will host a training for frontline staff.
- Georgia Budget and Policy Institute will issue a press release and share a toolkit on CTC and EITC with partners.
- Get My Payment Illinois is working with a number of organizations on outreach and press, including a press release.
- Goodwill Industries International, Inc. will Goodwill share resources with our network of local Goodwill organizations and share information via social media channels.
- Hispanic Federation (HF) has committed $600k towards a broad campaign to support community-based organizations in Puerto Rico offer tax prep assistance services on-site and through mobile assistance centers targeting the lowest-income and rural communities. In collaboration with the Youth Development Institute (IDJ), Espacios Abiertos, and other local nonprofits, HF will also join an outreach and strategic communications campaign to provide eligible families with the resources to claim their Child Tax Credit and other available tax benefits on their 2021 returns.
- Hunger Free America will print and distribute a bilingual one-pager on CTC/EITC in combination with our ongoing food benefits and vaccine outreach work in low-income neighborhoods in NYC, share information about CTC/EITC on social media and their website, and prepare their frontline staff – including those who answer calls for the USDA Hunger Hotline – with basic facts to share on CTC/EITC.
- Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy will share information on social media.
- Jewish Federations of North America will share toolkits and information via weekly emails to 146 Jewish Federations during filing season and participate in a joint webinar with many other faith organizations for early March with human service providers, faith leaders, educators, and other groups that work with or encounter families.
- Lincoln VITA will host VITA free tax clinics at 11 sites in Lincoln, NE and will facilitate a virtual free tax preparation site.
- MAZON will share information about CTC/EITC on social media.
- Minority Veterans of America will share information about CTC/EITC on social media.
- Missouri Budget Project will share information on social media and will share the information with direct service organizations and tax assistance partners in Missouri.
- MomsRising will launch a bilingual social media campaign.
- Montessori Public Policy Initiative will share information on social media.
- Mother’s Outreach Network/DC Guaranteed Income Coalition will print and distribute information on CTC/EITC and how to get help with free filing, share information about CTC/EITC on social media, with their email lists and newsletters, and on their websites, and incorporate CTC/EITC information into existing communications streams, including text outreach to low-income populations.
- National Association of Hispanic Nurses will share information about CTC/EITC on social media and with their email lists.
- National Association of Social Workers will co-host a webinar with the Coalition on Human Needs and will share information about CTC/EITC on social media.
- National Black Justice Coalition will share information about CTC/EITC on social media, with their email lists and newsletters, and on their website.
- National Center for Lesbian Rights will share information about the CTC/EITC with LGBTQ parents via social media.
- National Community Action Partnership will host 5-10 virtual events that walk people through how to get their CTC/EITC by utilizing ChildTaxCredit.gov. They will also distirbute CTC/EITC flyers to frontline staff who can distribute them to families enrolled in Head Start and other programs such as LIHEAP, weatherization, case management, and emergency food assistance. National Community Action Partnership will also produce bilingual graphics and social media content for easy use and dissemination and will host office hour sessions with tax specialists to respond to specific tax credit inquiries from frontline staff helping families across their network. The 200 Community Action Agencies that are units of local go
- National Military Family Association will share information about CTC/EITC on social media, with their email lists and newsletters, and on their website.
- National Urban League will print and distribute information on CTC/EITC and how to get help with free filing, share information about CTC/EITC on social media, with their email lists and newsletters, and on their websites, and incorporate CTC/EITC information into existing communications streams, including text outreach to low-income populations.
- National Women’s Law Center will share information on social media.
- Network Lobby for Catholic Social Justice will host a webinar with faith communities in early March and will integrate CTC/EITC into planned communications throughout tax season.
- NN4Y will shareinfo on social media and will provide very practical resources to their youth homelessness service providers about EITC for homeless and foster youth.
- ParentsTogether Action will host online events for members to walk them through the tax filing process and share information.
- PFLAG will share information about the CTC/EITC on social media, with their email lists, through newsletters, and on their website.
- Philabundance will hold a training to reach partner agencies and members of their network.
- Propel, a mission-driven financial technology company, will provide information via the Providers app to connect more than 5 million low-income families to information and partners to help them file taxes to receive the EITC and CTC.
- Prosperity Now will include PSAs about CTC/EITC at all external and learning events and will send emails to their list of over 20,000 people.
- Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism will share information about the CTC/EITC on social media, with their email lists, through newsletters, and on their website.
- Religious Organizations including Friends Committee on National Legislation, Salvation Army, National Association of Evangelicals, Bread for the World, National Council of Jewish Women will host a joint webinar.
- RESULTS will embed messages about CTC/EITC and ChildTaxCredit.gov in letters to the editor generated by RESULTS volunteers in local newspapers.
- Robinson Elementary Community Hub will share information about CTC/EITC on social media, with their email lists and newsletters, and on their website.
- Save the Children and their local affiliates will share materials in English and Spanish with individuals and families they serve and also amplify CTC/EITC information through their social media channels.
- SaverLife will share their one-stop guide which highlights CTC/EITC with their networks.
- Shah Family Foundation/FindYourFunds will work with the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance to send texts messages to 1 in 7 Massachusetts families and will host a statewide webinar with over 200 providers on February 16. They will also host Facebook Live Events with key groups representing immigrant leaders in Portuguese and Spanish.
- Skagit Legal Aid will leverage recently received funding from the Washington Department of Commerce and the Skagit County Commissioners to conduct outreach to historically disadvantaged communities in Skagit County while also resolving unmet civil legal needs that have prevented them from not regularly filing tax returns. The project will aim to serve the following communities: Single Parents with Young Children; Individuals Living with a Disability; Low-Income Seniors; Rural Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), emphasizing those who identify as Hispanic, Latinx, or Indigenous; Immigrants, emphasizing Mixteco and Triqui speaking farmworkers; and Tribal Members, emphasizing the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, Upper Skagit Tribe, Samish Indian Nation, and the Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe.
- Southern Economic Advancement Project will share information on social media.
- Start Early will share information on social media.
- StreetCred at Boston Medical Center will run a VITA site at Boston Medical Center and distribute their own VITA tax site information in English, Spanish, Haitian Creole, and Portuguese.
- Student PIRGs will distribute a flyer to staff and administrators on campuses that work with graduate students & non-traditional students and will send it out to their student e-mail lists.
- Student Veterans of America share information about the CTC/EITC on social media and through their newsletter.
- The Arc of the United States will host events on CTC/EITC which will reach hundreds of people with disabilities, their families, and the direct care workforce.
- Think Babies NC Alliance will share information on social media.
- Think of Us will directly contacting 22,000 young people to make sure they are aware that they may be eligible for the ETIC. In addition, they will provide marketing support to 44 states foster care systems.
- TransLatin@ will share information about the CTC/EITC on social media, with their email lists, through newsletters, and on their website.
- UnidosUS will deploy a tax credits campaign to promote the CTC/EITC which will include: distributing resources to nearly 300 affiliates, hosting townhalls and navigator trainings, supporting efforts to promote CTC/EITC in Puerto Rico, sharing content on social media accounts.
- United State of Women will work with local partner organizations on the ground in communities to refer and send information on the free tax prep services to their memberships.
- United Way of Puerto Rico has implemented five Facilitated Self-Service Centers (FSA-Facilitated Self Assistance), in the municipalities of San Juan, Ponce, Mayagüez, Arecibo, Canóvanas and remote centers and is operating a 2-1-1 call center offering information and referral on CTC, VITA Centers, Facilitated Self-Service Centers. They will help schedule appointments to fill out the digital 1040-PR form at the UWPR FSA Centers, register volunteers, and collaborate with organizations in Puerto Rico to expand these services.
- United Way Worldwide will host more than 300 VITA sites through their local affiliates. United Way Worldwide will also offer tax preparation support through MyFreeTaxes. In addition, they will host a webinar for local partners around the country to update them on what’s new this year with CTC/EITC and tools/resources available to them to help individuals file their taxes (e.g., VITA, MyFreeTaxes, ChildTaxCredit.gov, tool kits etc.). The webinar will be presented in partnership with Prosperity Now and The Jewish Federation during the first two weeks of March.
- Virginia Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy will share information on social media and on their website.
- Vote Common Good will dedicate a podcast to CTC/EITC awareness and outreach.
- We Got Us will provide information about CTC/EITC during community outreach events in the coming months.
- Women of Color in the Global Women’s Strike will continue to organize and participate incommunity-based events in low-income communities with information on how people can get their CTC/EITC.
- Youth Development Institute/Instituto del Desarrollo de la Juventud (IDJ) will encourage national and local partners to become VITA volunteers and/or allocate funds for CTC tax assistance efforts, post on their social media accounts stories addressing frequently asked questions about CTC in Puerto Rico and informing about free tax prep services, and activate local CTC champions (journalist and influencer for mothers with children, “Milly Méndez”) to re-share social media posts.
- YMCA will encourage local YMCAs to post information about free tax prep services in highly visible, highly trafficked physical spaces and will post to social media.
- YWCA USA will distribute materials to their associations throughout the country.
- ZERO TO THREE will share information on social media.