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EITC Awareness Day: Credit Works for Working Families

PHOTO: The Governor has proclaimed today "EITC Awareness Day" in Idaho. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith.
PHOTO: The Governor has proclaimed today "EITC Awareness Day" in Idaho. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith.
February 28, 2014

BOISE, Idaho - EITC are the initials of note at the Idaho State Capitol today for Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day, as proclaimed by Gov. Butch Otter.

State Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill, R-Rexburg, will share details about how the federal credit helps working Idaho families and the state's economy.

Michelle Shobe will be on hand with her story. As a single mother facing under-employment, she called the refundable credit a "life-saver."

"That made a huge difference in being able to pay the mortgage and put groceries into the refrigerator and in the pantry," she said. "Without that, it would have been an extremely difficult year."

Some of the data to be presented: Last year, 136,000 Idahoans received the Earned Income Tax Credit, bringing more than $300 million to the state.

It's a federal tax credit. Twenty-five states also offer state versions of the credit; Idaho does not.

Kathy Gardner, executive director of the Idaho Hunger Relief Task Force, said the average credit is about $2,200 per household - money that low-income families spend locally.

"For Idaho families," she said, "it has meant saving their homes from foreclosure, keeping the heat on and, certainly, putting food on the table."

The Internal Revenue Service estimates that one in five people eligible for the credit misses out because he or she doesn't know about it, or does not understand how to file the tax paperwork to receive it.

Gardner said the more than 90 free tax-preparation sites across the state can help people file for the credit. Call the Idaho CareLine, 211, to find a location.

Otter's proclamation will be read, along with a presentation about the credit, at 1:30 p.m. in the Capitol's West Underground Atrium Wing, Room WW-17.

Deborah Courson Smith/Deb Courson Smith, Public News Service - ID