We would like to applaud the many hours that you, the volunteers and IRS employees, put into making this day a success. Your passion makes a significant impact on the many low income taxpayers you will serve today and throughout the season. THANK YOU
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Join us for Awareness Day On Friday, January 27, 2017
Join us in making the 11th annual Awareness Day as successful as last year’s. Last year, we had our first experience using Thunderclap. We had 255 participants with a combined social reach of over 372,000. And, supporters sponsored 241 live events and other activities such as news releases and articles for EITC Awareness Day.
This year we want to even make it bigger. And, we want to increase eligibility awareness of other refundable credits that many miss or don’t get right. Along with the earned income tax credit (EITC), we want to include the child tax credit and the refundable part, the additional child tax credit (CTC/ACTC), and the American opportunity tax credit (AOTC).
What is Awareness Day? The IRS joins partners nationwide to launch the Awareness Day outreach campaign to ensure millions workers get the EITC they earned and get it right. We also ask you to join us in getting the right message out about the CTC/ACTC and the AOTC to the right people who deserve the credits. The IRS invites community organizations, elected officials, state and local governments, schools, employers, and other interested parties to join a national grassroots effort to increase awareness of these credits and put a large spotlight on them. We want to generate extensive news media coverage on this specific day (or days in close proximity) to increase awareness among potentially eligible taxpayers at the time most are filing or getting ready to file their federal income tax returns.
The event is a joint venture between IRS and its many partners and stakeholders. Intensive media coverage helps us reach the broadest possible range of eligible taxpayers, including the underserved populations and the newly eligible taxpayers.
IRS estimates four of five eligible taxpayers claim and get the EITC. Best of all, EITC combined with the CTC/ACTC is a financial boost for working people and your local economy. EITC and the CTC, Child Tax Credit, greatly reduce poverty for working families. These working family credits lifted an estimated 9.4 million people out of poverty, including 5 million or more than half of them children. Source: Source: Chuck Marr, Chye-Ching Huang, Arloc Sherman and Brandon DeBot, CBPP-EITC and Child Tax Credit Promote Work, Reduce Poverty, and support children’s Development, Research finds, October 1, 2015.