EITC Awareness Day Quotes
Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel of New York:
“The Earned Income Tax Credit is a proven work incentive and valuable tax benefit for lifting working low-income families out of poverty. Everyone eligible for EITC needs to know that they have a right to claim it. As part of increasing EITC awareness during the 2007 tax return filing season, Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Lewis will conduct a hearing on EITC outreach in the coming weeks. I applaud the IRS for its efforts to bring the EITC to the forefront as taxpayers begin filing their tax returns this month,” said Rep. Charles Rangel of New York.
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus of Montana:
“The EITC has lifted millions of working families out of poverty – including tens of thousands in my home state of Montana – and has helped them remain a part of the workforce,” said Sen. Max Baucus. “I remain a strong supporter of all efforts to increase participation and decrease errors in this successful program.”
U.S. Rep. Ralph Regula of Ohio, Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Financial Services of the House Committee on Appropriations:
"The EITC is the government’s largest cash assistance program for low-income Americans and taxpayers. I am pleased the IRS and its Ohio partners are offering these services to help people get their tax questions answered and to take advantage of credits that can really help ease their tax burden,” said Rep. Ralph Regula
California First Lady Maria Shriver:
"I'm proud to bring about awareness and connect Californians to the Earned Income Tax Credit to help working families take advantage of it. These dollars are too important to our families to send them back to Washington, D.C. This tax credit is real money for people who really need it,” said Maria Shriver, California First Lady.
United Way of America President and CEO Brian Gallagher:
“Often the financial health of an individual or family is at the root of many larger, more pervasive social conditions,” said Brian Gallagher, president and CEO of United Way of America. “Throughout the nation, United Way has partnered with the IRS and other public, private and community leaders to work to improve access to EITC and other savings mechanisms. We know efforts such as this can give families much-needed financial stability and, ultimately, improve our nation’s communities.”
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg:
“For five years New York City has coordinated the country’s most comprehensive campaign to increase filings of the Earned Income Tax Credit, and this year we expanded those efforts by sending filled out forms to those who qualified in 2003 and 2004 but didn’t claim it,” said Mayor Michael Bloomberg. “We have worked with a coalition of more than 150 non-profit, government and private partners to reach the 1 million New Yorkers who qualify for this critical credit. Now we’re excited about replicating the EITC Campaign model in the newly-created Office of Financial Empowerment to reduce poverty through innovative programs and strategic partnerships. We applaud Commissioner Mark Everson and the IRS for working hard to help New Yorkers claim the tax refunds they deserve.”
Free File Alliance Executive Director Tim Hugo:
"The Free File Alliance has helped millions of low and moderate income taxpayers prepare their taxes for free over the last several years," said Tim Hugo, Executive Director of the Free File Alliance. "Using the Free File service on IRS.gov is a clear and consumer-friendly way for taxpayers to determine whether they qualify for the EITC and other tax credits or deductions."