The Importance of the Earned Income Tax Credit for People with Disabilities and their Families
November 19, 2004 : 12:00 - 2:00 pm (EST)
* Co-sponsored by the Law, Health Policy and Disability Center, University of Iowa, and the NCB Development Corporation/National Disability Institute
The Earned Income Tax Credit is important for People with Disabilities in the Workforce, Families, Tax Preparers, and All Interested in Advancing the Economic Status of People with Disabilities
- Many low-income people with disabilities often do not have experience filing tax forms and may be unaware of existing tax credits.
- The November 19, 2004 Webcast is a step toward educating people who work with families and individuals with disabilities about the underutilized Earned Income Tax Credit which provides tax relief to low-income people with disabilities.
- This is the first of a two part series. The second Webcast, scheduled for December 9, 2004, will provide information about what makes a volunteer site accessible and how to work with people with disabilities. This will be presented by Marian Vessels, Director of ADA and IT Information Center for the Mid-Atlantic DBTAC Region and Megan O’Neil, Program Coordinator of Access to Assets at the World Institute on Disability.
The Tax Facts Campaign invites you to participate in a training session about the EITC. The session will emphasize EITC issues of special interest to people with disabilities. Staff of the Center on Budget and Policy and Policy Priorities (ww.cbpp.org) will present:
- EITC Basics: Who is eligible? How much is the credit worth? How do workers apply?
- Special Eligibility Considerations for workers with Disabilities and Families Raising a Child with Disabilities: Are there special eligibility rules? What income “counts” in determining eligibility for the credit?
- The EITC and Other Public Benefits: Does the credit affect eligibility for government benefits? Is it safe to apply for the EITC without jeopardizing other critical assistance?
- Free Tax Filing Assistance: Why is free tax filing assistance such an important alternative to commercial tax preparation?
- Donna Cohen Ross, Director of Outreach, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
- John Wancheck, EIC Outreach Campaign Coordinator, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
- Eileen Sweeney, Senior Fellow, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
- Richard Keeling, Tax Analyst, Volunteer & Community Partnership, IRS
- Dr. Johnette Hartnett, Ed.D., Moderator, Vice President, NCB Development Corporation & Director of Public Policy, Law, Health Policy and Disability Center, University of Iowa College of Law