United Way urges Congress to support bipartisan tax package that strengthens working families


(Rockford, Ill. - 12/17/2015) – Late Tuesday night, Congressional leaders announced they had successfully negotiated a bipartisan tax package that aligns with United Way's work in reducing childhood poverty and building hope for families throughout our neighborhoods. The legislation makes permanent the expiring provisions of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) that have been a major priority for United Way over the past year. Congress has a chance today to pass the bipartisan tax package. The House will vote on the package today; the Senate will vote on it tomorrow.

One of United Way's key investments in the areas of financial-stability is the volunteer tax assistance program through Goodwill of Northern Illinois. Last tax season, nearly 2,400 families and individuals filed a federal and state tax return for free through the program, resulting in over $880,000 Earned Income Tax Credits. At minimum, the tax package will ensure EITC remain at the same levels. For this upcoming tax season, in collaboration with Goodwill, United Way will offer free tax assistance directly to residents in Ellis Heights and Midtown neighborhoods through the Strong Neighborhoods Houses.



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