EITC Marketing Materials
Don’t leave millions of federal dollars on the table! Earned Income Tax Credit refunds can help working families in Native communities jump start their financial goals including saving for homeownership, starting a small business or just paying off their debt. The $38 billion EITC program is the largest federal anti-poverty program in the United States - larger than food stamps and TANF combined. It has the potential to bring hundreds of millions of dollars to Native communities annually, but a large portion of that has gone unclaimed or has been skimmed off by high-cost fees.
To reverse this trend, the Native Financial Education Coalition (NFEC), with support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, has designed an initiative to provide tools to Native communities to launch local campaigns to increase access to Earned Income Tax Credits and to link them with financial education and other asset building efforts including Individual Development Accounts (IDAs).
The goals of the NFEC's EITC Committee are to:
To achieve these goals, the initiative offers a tool kit for tribal leaders to launch local campaigns in their communities. This site also compiles information for Native consumers to learn more about accessing the EITC and using it to further their financial goals.
EITC Toolkit for Tribal and Community Leaders
Every year in Native communities, millions of EITC dollars go unclaimed or get reduced by unnecessary fees. Families and individuals may qualify for thousands of dollars, depending on their amount of earned income. You can help members of your community claim the EITC refund through their income tax returns and encourage them to use free tax preparation sites.
This handbook, developed by First Nations Development Institute and Annie E. Casey Foundation, provides tribal and other communities leaders guidance on what they can do in their communities. It includes information on how the EITC can benefit individual tribal members as well as the entire community. It also provides tips on coalition building and resources available to support their local campaigns. To order hard copies from First Nations Oweesta Corporation, please call 303-774-8838 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2013 Native EITC Outreach Tools
Download the following tools to help get the word out to eligible families about free tax preparation sites in or near your community. Each of these items includes a space in which you can insert your contact information and the location and hours of the nearest free tax preparation site:
Let us hear from you! Please send copies of your outreach materials to Stephanie Fishinghawk at email@example.com or mail to 351 Coffman Street, Suite 200 Longmont, CO 80501. We will be collecting examples to share with other Native communities!
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