Over 160,000 individuals in our region have difficulty affording basics like food, clothing and housing.
United Way invests in programs that help people achieve financial independence by equipping them with the tools and skills necessary to build savings and gain assets.
United Way and our partners helped put over $5 million back into the community through the Earned Income Tax Credit Program [EITC]. At a time when many families are struggling to make ends meet, the EITC dollars help hard-working people keep food on the table and a roof over their heads.
United Way helps hard-working people achieve financial independence by empowering them with the tools and skills necessary to maximize their income, build savings and gain assets.
UWGNOA Initiatives and Programs
At the Crossroads - As a result of tough economic times, United Way developed At the Crossroads, an informational series that helps those facing financial hardships find resources to get back on track.
Earned Income Tax Credit - Through local, state and federal partnerships, we support the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), a federal income tax credit available to hard working, lower earning individuals and families.
Individual Development Accounts - United Way’s IDA Project is a matched savings project designed to help low-income, working families save for and acquire a productive asset - a home, the start-up or expansion of an existing child care business, or a vehicle. [view the brochure]
Earned Income Tax Credit
People who work but don’t earn a lot of money may be eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit [EITC], as well as free help preparing their tax return. January 28, 2011, will be EITC Awareness Day, a nationwide effort to increase public awareness about EITC and free tax preparation sites.
IRS estimates that 20 to 25 percent of eligible taxpayers fail to claim the credit which could put as much as $5,036 into the pockets of a family with two children, or send as much as $3,050 to a family with one child, or up to $457 for a worker with no children. The Earned Income Tax Credit is the federal government’s largest program benefitting lower earning workers.
The extra dollars eligible taxpayers can get through EITC can make their lives a little easier,” said Odessa Adams-Payne, “but they must file tax returns, even if they aren’t required to file, and claim the credit to receive it.”