VIDEO SERIES: First in Flight from the Earned Income Tax Credit

Friday, January 30 marked Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Awareness Day. The IRS-led national event is intended to spread awareness about this modest but vital tax credit and make sure that all qualified workers receive it. For those that do, often for just two or three years, it can mean the difference between struggling for another year and getting back on your feet.

In North Carolina, however, the day isn’t so simple. In fact it’s hard to find cause for celebration in the only state in the country to have eliminated the credit.

There are plenty of individuals who are fully aware of what the EITC means for their own lives as well as those of their neighbors, despite its absence in the Tar Heel state. Last year, NC Justice Center staff spoke to individuals across the state that had been directly impacted by the credit and acutely felt the loss of the EITC. These were all working North Carolinians. Their stories were familiar and at times heartbreaking. Some are still struggling, and others saw their families lifted out of poverty thanks in part to the ETIC. They are the individuals who once relied on the EITC and urge policymakers to reinstate the credit – not only for themselves, but so that other families can feel the benefits.

Watch and listen to their stories below.

Kara's Story

Heather's Story

Sheila's Story

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