National Outreach Campaign for Tax Benefits
Help Families Get Their Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit
Families are eligible for thousands of dollars from the Child Tax Credit, the Earned Income Tax Credit, and other tax benefits this year. A family of four with low income who didn’t file last year could get over $20,000 in tax benefits—but only if they file a return.
Research shows that state and local benefits agencies are the best messengers to reach out to families who don’t usually file tax returns. An estimated 4 million children are at risk of missing out.
A single text message to SNAP beneficiaries in a medium-sized state could get over 1,000 families to claim millions of dollars in benefits.
At Code for America, we believe that all families deserve access to free, trustworthy tax services. We created GetCTC.org, a simple, mobile-accessible tool to help people with low or no income file a simplified tax return in English and Spanish. Most clients finish the process in 15 minutes, and many can now claim the Earned Income Tax Credit through our streamlined service.
Our goal is for every benefits agency in the country to send tax benefits outreach to its beneficiaries. Join the long list of states, cities, and counties already committed to doing this outreach.
See our Partnership Guide for best outreach practices, FAQs, and how to get involved.
Tell us about your agency and we’ll help you track your efforts with a unique URL to see your impact.
Use the outreach toolkits for materials in multiple languages.
Let us know and we’ll include it on our tax benefits outreach map.
Percent of children under 18 at risk of missing out on Child Tax Credit, identified based on health insurance data. The numbers in this chart are likely an underestimate; children without CTC and without health insurance are missing entirely. Data from tax year 2019.
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