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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:

  1. Display the EITC poster in PHA offices, community rooms, and lobbies.

  2. Insert an EITC envelope stuffer into rent bills and notices for residents and into employee paychecks for staff.

  3. Publish an article about the EITC in your newsletter.

  4. Make EITC the featured topic at your next resident meeting or your next staff in-service training.

  5. Inform new residents and staff about the EITC.

  6. Post 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.

  7. At 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.

  8. Collaborate with resident associations in providing EITC information, workshops, (free) tax assistance, and forms to residents.

  9. Inform residents about the EITC during certification and recertification.

  10. Invite local organizations doing EITC Outreach to work with you in resident outreach efforts.

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.

 
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