Ten Ways PHAS Can Promote the Earned Income Tax Credit
There are many ways in which PHAs can raise awareness about the
Earned Income Tax Credit to help eligible residents and staff claim
this important benefit. For information about eligibility, view
the 2004 Earned Income Tax Credit Outreach Kit.
Note: the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) can also be referred
to as the Earned Income Credit (EIC). For consistency's sake, this
Web site uses EITC except when referring to another agency's publication
or resource with "EIC" in its title.
Strategies for promoting the EITC include:
Display the EITC poster in PHA offices, community rooms, and lobbies.
an EITC envelope stuffer into rent bills and notices for residents
and into employee paychecks for staff.
an article about the EITC in your newsletter.
EITC the featured topic at your next resident meeting or your
next staff in-service training.
new residents and staff about the EITC.
the locations of free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites
in your community, or work with the IRS Taxpayer Education Coordinator
to provide space for a VITA site in-house.
tax time, save your residents an extra trip by providing the tax
forms workers need to claim the EITC, including the Schedule
EITC. Get free copies from the IRS by calling 1-800-TAX-FORM.
It is okay to make photocopies.
with resident associations in providing EITC information, workshops,
(free) tax assistance, and forms to residents.
residents about the EITC during certification and recertification.
local organizations doing EITC Outreach to work with you in resident
For more information about how you can promote the EITC and to
obtain resources for EITC outreach efforts (including posters, flyers,
envelope stuffers, and more), contact the IRS at (800) 829-1040,
or the EITC Campaign at (202) 408-1080.