Posted: January 30, 2014 | Front Page, Senator Vitelli

Credit helps middle class families, but 20 percent of Mainers don’t apply

AUGUSTA—Today, the Senate unanimously passed a Joint Resolution marking Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Awareness Day. The EITC rewards work by providing a tax credit for income earned through employment to low and moderate income people.

“The Earned Income Tax Credit puts a little more money back in the pockets of working people,” said Democratic Senator Eloise Vitelli of Arrowsic. “People who work for a living should be able to put food on the table, keep a roof over their heads, and heat their homes.”

Approximately 20 percent of Maine residents do not apply for the EITC each year. Through a collaboration between 10 statewide coalitions and IRS-certified tax preparers, CA$H Maine volunteers provide free federal and state tax preparation help.

Last year, the volunteers helped Maine residents save more than $3,200,000 in filing fees and claim $5,480,000 in earned income tax credits, returning $21,450,000 to Maine residents in federal income tax refunds.

CA$H Maine provides a list of locations where Mainers can meet with volunteers on their website.