This report — the result of a United Way of America survey and working group — reflects the organization’s staunch commitment to helping vulnerable families utilize the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). It offers field-tested advice, square-one strategies and EITC program facts as part of a larger effort to help United Way sites across the country support local EITC campaigns.

March 21, 2004

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    About the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

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    The roles United Ways can play in EITC campaigns.

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    How the EITC can benefit families and communities.

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    Tips to help United Ways jumpstart EITC outreach.

Key Takeaway

Introducing the EITC—America’s largest and most powerful antipoverty program

In 2003, the EITC lifted five million Americans out of poverty while returning a combined $36 billion to 20 million low-wage workers. Despite the program’s success, the Internal Review Service estimates that four million eligible families fail to file for the credit each year. 

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