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How Much Do You Know About the EITC?


Heather Rude-Turner, 31, feeds a slice of banana to her daughter Naomi, 5. Heather credits the Earned Income Tax Credit with helping to keep her family get back on her feet and stay out of poverty. (Photo by Laura Elizabeth Pohl/Bread for the World)

By Robin Stephenson

Today is EITC Awareness Day.  The EITC, which is short for the Earned Income Tax Credit, lifts more children out of poverty than any other government program.

In the United States, where nearly 1 in 4 children lived in a food insecure household in 2011, the EITC is a critical weapon against hunger. Bread for the World has advocated for the current benefit levels for this refundable tax credit to be made a permanent part of the tax codeā€”the current benefit levels expire in 2017. We will continue push for this in 2013. 

How much do you know about this vital program?  Take this quiz and test your EITC knowledge. 

If you think that you or someone you know might qualify for the tax credit, watch this helpful video from the IRS, which has details on how to file for free. Learn more about EITC here and also take action: Tell your members of Congress to make the EITC and Child Tax Credit (CTC) permanent.

Robin Stephenson is Bread for the World's national social media lead/senior regional organizer, western hub.


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