EITC, Helping Americans Make Ends Meet

“Before I started as a volunteer, I earned the EITC (last year). That year I had my first born son- Quinn. When I received the EITC, it helped A LOT. We were in a terrible situation. I was biking to school, my internship, my job, the grocery store, and finally back home in the dark. Being a full time student, having two part time jobs, and being a new father- is not a good thing when you’re on a bike. Having the EITC expanded my income enough to buy a car.”- James

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) helps millions of workers like James keep more of what they earn to pay for things such as reliable transportation to get to work, housing and food.  Through our VITA )Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) FREE Tax Prep service, United Way helps people claim the EITC at tax time.  Just last year, United Way Monterey County and our partners, through VITA and MyFreeTaxes.com, helped file 2,606 tax returns that resulted in  $3.3 million in refunds claimed – money coming right back into our community and being spent at local businesses.

Hardworking Americans should be able to make ends meet. Lets #ExpandEITC so that more workers like James can keep more of what they earn. unitedway.co/2jXF0t7

See Jame's entire interview below: