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Stand for hardworking veteran and military families

Stand for hardworking veteran and military families

 Working family credits

Instead of simply waving a flag on Veteran’s Day and telling others to “support the troops,” we can actually advocate for something that makes their lives better.

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC), make a difference in the lives of millions of working families across the country, including many service members, veterans and their families. In fact, 62,000 military and veteran families in Illinois are claiming the credits to build financial stability each year.

The Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit are the nation’s strongest tools to promote work and help working families keep more of what they earn to pay for things like childcare, groceries, and car repairs so they can get to work. In particular, the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit help veterans put their valuable skills to work when they return home.

Unless Congress acts, key provisions of these pro-work tax credits will expire at the end of 2017 and 29,000 Illinois veteran and military families would lose some or all of these two tax credits. Instead of letting it come down to the wire for our hometown heroes, Congress should seize the chance this year to keep the working family tax credits whole.

 

Take Action

Contact Congress by using this online letter alert: http://bit.ly/20xtmVy

Send pre-made tweets using this link: http://bit.ly/1Wzbjiu

Use #veterans, #workingfamilycredits, #EITC, #veteransday on your social media posts


 

Roman J. Salamon is Director of Communication and Marketing at United Way of Rock River Valley

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