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The 2009 improvements made to the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC) are at risk of being rolled back during the so called "fiscal cliff" debate in Congress. Will you make 3 calls to preserve the EITC and Child Tax Credit?
The Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center reports that 11 million families would lose an average $854 if the CTC improvements expire and 7 million families would lose an average of $532 if the EITC improvements expire.
The EITC and CTC improvements have strengthened communities in Ohio and across the nation. In Ohio, the EITC and CTC lifted 134,000 children out of poverty annually between 2009 and 2011.
There are concerns that lawmakers who supported these refundable tax credits in the past may be willing to sacrifice them, in order to protect middle class tax cuts. Lawmakers need to hear that you support the credits.
Here's what you can do to help preserve the EITC and the Child Tax Credit:
1. Make 3 Calls
Contact US Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman and President Obama to let them know that you and your organization support continuing the 2009 EITC and CTC expansions.
- Sen Brown's D.C. office: (202) 224-2315
- Sen Portman's D.C. office: (202) 224-3353
- The White House: (202) 456-1111
If you prefer to call the Ohio office, the local number for Senator Brown and Senator Portman's offices are listed here.
2. Sign on to the Ohio CASH coalition sign-on letter by Wed, December 19, 2012.
If you belong to an organization, please review the letter and email Kalitha Williams to add your organization's name to the list.
Help us show broad-based support to maintain the tax credit improvements. The Ohio CASH coalition will address and distribute the letter to the entire Ohio Congressional Delegation.
Let me know if you or your organization decides to make these calls so we can keep track of the contacts.
We know how important these tax credits have been to families in our communities. Let’s work together to protect them and ensure they keep strengthening Ohio families.
Will Petrik, State Director
Advocates for Ohio's Future