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:
“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, firstname.lastname@example.org, (919) 861-1468; Jeff Shaw, Director of Communications, NC Justice Center, email@example.com, (919) 863-2402 (office) (503) 551.3615 (mobile).