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About the Campaign

 

 

Spearheaded by the Mayor's office, the Boston Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Coalition is a partnership of nonprofits, businesses, and community organizations that promote the economic independence of working individuals and families.

The Coalition's campaign to advocate for low and moderate income workers began in 2001, when free tax preparation services were provided to a few hundred residents. Now serving over 11,500 taxpayers each year, Coalition sites and volunteers have returned more than $100 million in federal refunds to Boston families. The Coalition operates 25 free tax sites throughout Boston neighborhoods, some of which also provide additional financial services such as credit advising, FAFSA coaching, and benefits enrollment.

The Coalition's namesake, the Earned Income Tax Credit, was created in 1975 to supplement low wages and spur the development of personal assets. It currently lifts more children out of poverty than any other social program. Our services enable taxpayers to utilize the credit available to them, as well as avoid commercial fees and the high interest rates associated with Refund Anticipation Loans.

With the support of our partners, sponsors, and volunteers, the Coalition is continually increasing its capacity to offer financial services to taxpayers during tax season as well as to advocate for the long-term financial health of all Boston residents.

 

To view the Coalition data reports from 2005-2009 please visit our See the Results section.