MEDIA RELEASE: Campaign to save tax break for NC working families launches today

Campaign to save tax break for NC working families launches today
A grassroots campaign has generated hundreds of pro-Earned Income Tax Credit messages for lawmakers; today, a new advertising campaign, petition and website launch aims to build further support for the Earned Income Tax Credit

RALEIGH (April 7, 2011) –
 As the state budget debate heats up, a new campaign is sending a clear message: preserve North Carolina’s tax credit working families.

The Earned Income Tax Credit benefits North Carolina’s low-wage workers, infuses tens of millions of dollars into local economies, and helps create a fairer tax system. Yet in certain legislative circles, there is a push to effectively raise taxes on the state’s lowest-wage workers by gutting the credit.

Today, a multifaceted campaign to save the Earned Income Tax Credit launches. Led by the NC Justice Center, the campaign includes the following:
  • website, SaveEITC.org, which serves as a clearinghouse for EITC information. The site includes fact sheets, videos, scholarly research, stories from newspapers, TV and radio, action steps and more.

  • Hundreds of postcards from working families across North Carolina are being sent to lawmakers. The postcards have listed ways the EITC helps each family, such as assistance with food, shelter, and basic needs. 

  • A new animated web advertisement, “If You Work Hard, You Deserve a Chance To Get Ahead,” developed by the same animator behind last year’s popular Together NC “South Carolina” ad.

  • A Twitter hashtag, #saveeitc, where advocates and concerned observers can share the latest updates about the Earned Income Tax Credit.

  • A petition to protect the Earned Income Tax Credit that will be delivered to Gov. Bev Perdue’s office today. The petition reads: “It’s immoral to raise taxes on low-income working families, who are struggling most in this recession. Protect the Earned Income Tax Credit."

The Earned Income Tax Credit provides vital support for North Carolina’s working families while boosting local economies across the state,” said Alexandra Forter Sirota, director of the NC Budget & Tax Center. “Preserving the credit is crucial to economic health, for families and for our state.”
 
One in 10 of North Carolina’s households – among the poorest families in the state -- would experience an effective tax increase if the Earned Income Tax Credit doesn’t remain intact.
 
For more information, contact: Alexandra Forter Sirota, alexandra@ncjustice.org, (919) 861-1468; Jeff Shaw, Director of Communications, NC Justice Center, jeff@ncjustice.org(919) 863-2402 (office) (503) 551.3615 (mobile).