Stand Up for 13 Million Working Americans

Ask Congress to Expand the EITC for 13 Million Young Workers and Workers Who Cannot Claim Children on Their Taxes

On Thursday, July 14, 2016, over 60 United Way leaders from 29 states, including representatives from Marylad, went to Capitol Hill to advocate for common sense policies for young workers and workers who cannot claim children on their taxes. Specifically, they advocated for the expansion of Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

The Earned Income Tax Credit is a refundable tax credit for low- and modest income working people that encourages and rewards work, offsetting federal payroll and income taxes. Here in Maryland, volunteer tax prepares returned $13,692,928 to 9,587 Marylanders. That is money that went straight into the pockets of hard working moms and dads, military services members, custodians, administrative assistants, and many others. Money that was spent on things like more reliable transportation, childcare, or groceries.

The EITC works for people like our very own James Baker, who used it to become financially stable when he was working, going to school, and starting life as a new father. After his experience, James became a volunteer tax preparer so that he could help others just like him. Click here to watch James’ story.

The EITC is broadly considered our nation's most effective pro-work, anti-poverty tool. However, lower-income working Americans who cannot claim children on their taxes access little to no EITC. Also, young people age 21-24 are ineligible. So while the EITC is one of the most effective tools we have to help working families, like the Bakers, keep their heads above water, it excludes millions of people.

Congress can expand the EITC for workers who cannot claim children on their taxes and lower the age of eligibility to 21. Please help us connect over 13 million people to #EITC so that they can get a chance at getting ahead and creating a better future for themselves. Ask your Representative to expand the EITC today