Helping Families and Staff Maximize Tax Credits

Thursday 26 January 2017, 03:00 PM – 04:15 PM

Tax credits for the working poor lift more families out of poverty annually than any other poverty-reduction effort. Join us for a discussion about tax credits, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), and how to help ensure families claim all tax credits and deductions for which they are eligible. Learn how to connect families with free tax services This webinar is part of the Building Foundations for Economic Mobility Webinar SeriesTopics Include:

  • Locating local free tax preparation services in your program’s area
  • Exploring available resources for beginning partnerships or delivering tax preparation services on-site
  • Using effective approaches for tax preparation to encourage financial goal-setting with families and staff

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Source: National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement

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2012 Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)


The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a tax benefit for people who work but don’t earn much money. EITC can make life a little easier for qualifying families in Head Start and Early Head Start by reducing their taxes. The credit can result in families receiving up to $5,751 when they file their federal tax return.

There are several ways you can support Head Start and Early Head Start families to determine their eligibility and apply for EITC:

  • Ten Ways Early Childhood Programs Can Promote The Earned Income Credit and the Child Tax Credit [PDF, 20KB] provides strategies to raise awareness about EITC that are specific to the early childhood community.
  • Free tax preparation assistance is available at Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites within the United States. Programs can find VITA sites in the communities they serve and encourage eligible families to use these sites to apply for EITC.
  • A message from the IRS: Read Tax Scam Warning: Beware of Phony Refund Scheme Abusing Popular College Tax Credit; Senior Citizens, Working Families and Church Members Are Targets. The article is available in English [PDF, 31KB] and Spanish [PDF, 44KB]. IRS YouTube videos on this topic are available in English, Spanish, and American Sign Language (ASL):

    Tax Tips: Tax Refund Scams: English | Spanish | ASL

For more information about EITC, visit the Early Head Start Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC) at Life’s a Little Easier with EITC.

Source: Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center