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File #: 160087    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 1/28/2016 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 1/28/2016
Title: Recognizing January 29, 2016 as "Earned Income Tax Credit ('EITC') Awareness Day" in Philadelphia.
Sponsors: Councilmember Domb, Council President Clarke, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Oh, Councilmember O'Neill, Councilmember Squilla
Attachments: 1. Signature16008700.pdf
Recognizing January 29, 2016 as "Earned Income Tax Credit ('EITC') Awareness Day" in Philadelphia.

WHEREAS, Initially enacted in 1975, the Earned Income Tax Credit ("EITC") is a refundable tax credit implemented by the federal Internal Revenue Service that is available to low to moderate income individuals and families; and

WHEREAS, Many people believe that the answer for pulling the working poor out of poverty is a major and carefully crafted expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit; and

WHEREAS, The City of Philadelphia has one of the highest poverty rates of any major U.S. city with approximately 400,000 of its 1.5 million residents living in poverty; and

WHEREAS, Although 188,000 Philadelphians received an EITC refund last year, there were still 40,000 eligible Philadelphians who did not; and

WHEREAS, With an average refund of $2,400 per return, more than $100 million is being left on the table every year; and

WHEREAS, It is the policy of the City of Philadelphia to enable all persons who live in Philadelphia and who are potentially eligible for the EITC to apply and receive the maximum credit to which they are entitled; and

WHEREAS, On July 19, 2014, the Council of the City of Philadelphia enacted legislation requiring certain employers and certain persons or businesses that hire non-payroll employees to provide notice concerning the EITC and requiring the Department of Revenue to report periodically on the implementation of and results obtained from such a policy; and

WHEREAS, For the past 13 years, the Campaign for Working Families ("CWF"), managed by the Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition, and their partners have promoted the free filing of the EITC by providing, amongst other things, free tax preparation and asset building services so families can maximize federal and state tax credits without having to pay exorbitant fees to commercial taxpayers; and

WHEREAS, As a result of the...

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