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Tell Congress: It’s Time to Stand for Working Americans

We need your help. 

The Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit are the nation’s strongest tools to promote work and help working families keep more of what they earn. Americans use the credits to pay for things like childcare, groceries, or car payments so they can get to work, or to save for a rainy day.

But without Congressional action, key provisions of these important tax credits will go away, and more than 50 million Americans, including 25 million children, will feel the cut. (Read more in our fact sheet here.)

Your Members of Congress are at home this week to find out what issues matter to you. Before they head back to Washington, take a moment to tell your representatives what’s at stake.

You can help us save these credits in three easy ways:

  1. Spread the good word (15 second action)
  2. Send an email to your Members of Congress (1 minute action)
  3. Send a letter to your local newspaper (2 minute action)

If you see your letter to the editor in the paper, share it with us via Twitter (@Unitedway) and/or in the comments box below. Voices aligned together, we can impact millions. Let’s do this.

Stand Up for Working Americans

Americans who work full time should be able to make ends meet and support their families. The Earned Income Tax Credit is a common sense tax break that helps workers, who struggle to get by, to pay for the basics – like transportation to get to work and childcare. The EITC should be expanded so that workers who can’t claim children on their taxes can put food on the table, cover rent and have a shot at a brighter future. Join us.

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