CPC Promotes Earned Income Tax Credit
In October 2002, the Board of Supervisors directed the Children's Planning Council to develop recommendations to address the condition of children in Los Angeles, as reflected in the Los Angeles County Children’s ScoreCard.
Based on this data, one of the three key areas of child well-being was identified as Economic Well-Being and identified for collaborative action:
Economic Well-Being: Increase the number of families with children who file for and receive the Federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) by 20,000 through the use of an aggressive outreach campaign to increase awareness and encourage filing.
For children to achieve their potential, their families must have resources to meet their needs for food, shelter, transportation, child care, health care and education. Poverty is an underlying factor that prevents children and families from achieving more positive results. Over the last 28 years, EITC has reduced the annual tax burden for low-income working families and has emerged as America’s largest and most effective anti-poverty program.
With EITC, families can keep up to $5,300 or more and receive the Child Tax Credit, which is worth up to $1,000 per child. Additionally, low to moderate-income working families may be eligible for FREE income tax assistance and preparation through the many Volunteer Income Tax Assistance sites (VITA) located throughout Los Angeles County.
For more information on EITC, VITA or the Child Tax Credit, please call (800) 601-5552 or visit www.EITC-LA.com.