The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is one of the most effective anti-poverty policies in America.
The EITC works by making work pay better. It’s one of the few programs that actually puts money directly back into the pockets of working families who need it most – those among us who often work the hardest, but earn the least. It supplements the earnings of low-wage workers, and helps restore dignity to the labor of millions at a time when a job alone is no longer enough to provide for a family. It also stimulates the economy and the labor market, providing a multiplier effect in the lower-income communities where recipients spend their earnings.
There’s just one problem: In order to receive it, you have to claim it on your tax return. As a result, millions of Americans who qualify and desperately need the help never see a dime from the EITC, simply because they don’t know it exists, don’t know they’re eligible, or don’t earn enough to have to file taxes.
Working Hero was founded to raise awareness, advocate for policies that help all Americans afford their basic needs, and ensure that everyone who’s eligible gets the cash refunds they’ve earned. Our mission is nothing less than an end to poverty.