Sunday, June 06, 2010

RESULTS-Santa Fe Invites You to Hear Speaker on EITC

By Lydia Pendley

RESULTS-Santa Fe is excited to host Theresa Upshaw at its monthly meeting on Saturday, June 12.  Theresa is the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Coordinator (a federally funded program helping communities to reach low income people with tax information and preparation assistance) and works with the Northern Pueblos Housing Authority.
Event information:
Saturday, June 12, 10:30 a.m.  
(Galisteo and W. Barcelona, Santa Fe)
Theresa provides tax preparation assistance to low income people at the Tesuque, Picuris and San Ildefonso Pueblos as well as to small businesses and people living in other communities in the area.  She will bring us both data and stories about the impact of the EITC and CTC on the lives of families in these communities.  We also are hoping to have the VITA Coordinator for Santa Fe at our meeting.

RESULTS (a citizen advocacy organization dedicated to creating the political will to end hunger and poverty in the U.S. and worldwide) partners with Bread for the World on many issues. 

RESULTS, like Bread for the World, has as its current advocacy action to urge Congress (both House and Senate), as it considers major tax legislation this summer, to make permanent the expansions of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC) that were included in the stimulus bill in 2009.  Read about Bread's campaign.

In 2009 the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) alone lifted more than 6.6 million people above the poverty line, half of them children.

The Child Tax Credit (CTC) helps low and middle income families with the costs of raising children.  The EITC and the CTC are critically important tools for increasing income for low income families and reducing poverty.

We urge you to come to this meeting to learn more about the EITC and CTC and how we can become strong advocates for these critically important tools for raising individuals and families out of poverty.

(The author is a RESULTS co-group leader and Bread for the World member in Santa Fe).

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