Philadelphia is urging low-income earners to apply for the Earned Income Tax Credit


The city of Philadelphia is sending out a message far and wide about the Earned Income Tax Credit. The credit is designed to encourage low-income workers to stay in the job market by allowing them to keep more of the money they earned. 

The Earned Income Tax Credit publicity effort is designed to alert people who are entitled to a federal tax refund of up to $6200 and are not taking advantage of that. Time’s running out to file this year, but Councilman Alan Domb’s legislation expands the mandatory notification to every city worker whether or not the are Philadelphia residents

“This bill in essence helps to insure we are reaching all eligible Philadelphians and making the most and effective use of all funds directed towards these efforts.”

Marissa Waxman said even though the tax deadline is tomorrow, people can still apply for the refund.

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“The strategy includes providing free tax preparation services, and conducting an outreach campaign to insure Philadelphians know about these refunds which average $2500 and how to get them.”

The city spent more than 130 thousand to help people prepare the forms to apply for the EITC. 

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