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United Way Leaders Take to the Hill!

More than 60 United Way leaders are advocating on Capitol Hill today to press Congress to create opportunities for working families through critical public policies.

The United Way leaders – from big cities and small towns across America -- represent a diverse network of 1,200 state and local United Ways in the U.S., but share a common agenda to build stronger communities.

United Way is advocating for:

  • Tax reforms helping working families, including strengthening the Earned Income Tax Credit, which helps low-wage working families keep more of what they earn, and the Child Tax Credit, which helps families offset the cost of raising children.  If Congress doesn’t take action soon, key provisions of the credits will expire and 16 million Americans, including 8 million children, will fall into or deeper into poverty.
     
  • The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA), which funds volunteers to become IRS-certified tax preparers and help low-wage people file tax returns for free. Most families utilizing VITA earn less than $40,000/year, and include people with disabilities, limited-English speakers and the elderly.  This year, tens of thousands of volunteers working at more than 11,000 locations prepared more than 3.3million tax returns nationwide. Returns filed through free tax preparation brought nearly $4 billion back to local communities.

You can join us!  Let your Members of Congress know that you stand for working families by taking action here.  Then share it with your network!

Sample post: Join @UnitedWay, take a stand for #workingfamilies and contact #Congress   http://bit.ly/1EugExo   #LIVEUNITED #EITC #CTC

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