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VA Taxpayer Advocates: Earned Income Tax Credit is a Sure Bet

February 4, 2008

Richmond, VA - While Washington hammers out a package to boost the economy, taxpayer advocates say many lower-income workers are in line to receive money from the government, no matter what Congress does. They can receive a federal earned income tax credit (EITC), but only if they file an income tax return.

Carolyn Spohrer, project manager for the Virginia CASH Campaign, says the EITC can add up to a higher amount than than Congress is contemplating giving to many taxpayers. However, a lot of people who are eligible don't get the EITC amount, because they don't make enough to have to file a federal income tax return.

"If you've earned $5,000 to $7,000, you need to find out if you are eligible for the earned income tax credit, because it may be the largest amount of money that you'll get at any one time."

The credit can put money in the pockets of the people who need it most, and Spohrer adds that up to 80 percent of it stays in the local economy.

"It has local impact -- local dollars being turned around in the grocery stores, to pay the heat, lights, phone and food bills. It provides an economic boost right in the local community."

More information about who is eligible for the EITC, as well as free tax filing assistance, can be found online at

John Robinson, Public News Service - VA