Keep More of What You Earn? Yes, Please!

Tax Credits Support Working Families

One in five people who qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) don't claim it. Why leave money on the table?

The EITC is a proven tool that helps thousands of workers in South Carolina keep more of what they earn to pay for things like reliable transportation to get to work, child care, housing and food. Research finds that the EITC encourages work, supports family financial stability and leads to long-term gains in child health and academic success. We’re tipping our hat to the EITC and what it means to working families in Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties.

Beyond the data, we see the power of the credit firsthand because Trident United Way, our community partners, and hundreds of volunteers each year take action to connect hundreds of people to the EITC. 

For example, the Berkeley and Dorchester Prosperity Centers are providing free food, prizes and tax counselors at an EITC Awareness kickoff event. And just last tax season, our partners SC Thrive and The Benefit Bank helped Tri-County community residents to claim more than $360,000 in Earned Income Tax Credits  – money coming right back into our community and being spent at local businesses. 

 

Free Tax Preparation

And as tax season kicks off, we want to make sure that our community connects to the credits through reliable resources. Individuals or families earning a household income of $95,000 or less in 2015 can file their state and local taxes for free online. For free assistance with filing taxes and claiming credits, the Prosperity Centers are certified tax sites and are hosting clinics through April.

So celebrate with us today, on National EITC Awareness Day, by finding a certified site for tax prep assistance or to file online yourself.