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									                                        IRS-SPEC Partner Coalition FY-11
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TERRITORY NAME:           Washington D.C.
FORMAL NAME OF COALITION: DC Earned Income Tax Credit (DC EITC) Campaign
Coalition Website: www.dceitc.org
Key Coalition City/State:    Washington, DC
Coalition Chair's Name and Organization: Adam Perry, Capital Area Asset Builders
Coalition Chair's e-mail address/Phone #:           aperry@caab.org, 202-419-1440

Date Coalition Started and Geographical Area Covered: May 2003 - Washington DC
Strategies - briefly define each strategy, if applicable
           Outreach Strategy: Through an extensive marketing effort, the Campaign informs taxpayers about the Earned
           Income Tax Credit and how to claim it. Strategically distributed posters and flyers, newspaper articles and
           advertisements and ads/PSAs on local TV and radio stations explain why individuals should file federal and DC
           income tax returns, what materials they will need, and where they can get free tax preparation assistance. The
           Campaign also gives regular presentations to service providers and their clients, residents of public and affordable
           housing complexes and parents of school-age children
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           Tax Preparation Strategy: Campaign partners help to recruit and train more than 400 tax volunteers who prepare
           returns at 11 free tax assistance sites each year (including the largest free tax site in the metro area, at Martin Luther
           King, Jr. Memorial Library).
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           Asset-Building Strategy: The Campaign works to connect taxpayers with helpful financial resources at tax time.
           Intake volunteers, known as Savings Promoters, help clients complete their intake paperwork. During the intake
           process, Savings Promoters engage clients about these resources, which include Capital Area Asset Builders'
           financial education classes, credit counseling opportunities, free bank accounts, affordable prepaid debit cards, and
           savings bonds.
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Partners: (List Core Planning Group, then Sub-Committee Members, then others if applicable)
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                                                      Core Planning Group
           Capital Area Asset Builders
           Community Tax Aid


                                                   Other Coalition Members
           Language ETC & Our Lady Queen of the Americas Church
           Jubilee Jobs
           Martin Luther King Jr., Memorial Library
           UPO Petey Greene Community Service Center
           Ophelia Egypt Program Center (Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington DC)
           Capital One Bank, Anacostia Branch
           CASA de Maryland
           City of New Carrollton
           Alexandria Department of Human Services
           Arlington Department of Human Services
           Rockville Memorial Library
           Annie E. Casey Foundation
           United Way of the National Capital Area
           Bank of America Foundation
           Virginia Community Action Partnership
           DC Office on Latino Affairs
           National Disability Institute
           The Walmart Foundation
           Capital One Foundation
           Internal Revenue Service
           Washington Area Women's Foundation
           Urban Institute
           DC Hunger Solutions
           American University Kogod School of Business
           Greater DC Cares
           Operation HOPE, DC
           Central American Resource Center (CARECEN)
           Bank on DC

Significant Coalition Activities: (List major items only, using bulleted style)
           During the 2011 filing season, approximately 5,500 taxpayers filed federal returns at the tax sites, claiming $2.4
           million through the federal EITC and nearly $6.3 million in total federal refunds.
           Held a very successful Kickoff event at UPO tax site with Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Ward 8 Councilmember
           Marion Barry, and many others
           Generated press coverage for VITA and EITC outreach efforts, including the Washington Post, Fox News, WAMU,
           the Huffington Post, and East of the River News
           Trained and oversaw 50+ Savings Promoter volunteers who helped more than 100 people sign up for financial
           education classes, 46 people purchase savings bonds, 100 people open bank accounts, and 20 people open prepaid
           debit cards
           Created new partnerships with DC Head Start programs and other school-based organizations with parent
           engagement groups in an effort to reach more taxpayers with children
           Partnered with the United Way of the National Capital Area to provide clients with access to self-preparation
           assistance through the MyFreeTaxes.com mobile van.
           Led a local initiative to increase tax prep accessibility for people with disabilities (REI Tour), which included info
           sessions and a self-preparation session for deaf taxpayers and special daytime appointment hours at the UPO tax
           site for people with disabilities (as well as the elderly and taxpayers with children).
           Partnered with DC Hunger Solutions to provide information about SNAP benefits (food stamps) at all DC tax sites.
           More than 1,500 clients received information about SNAP, 1,100 were prescreened for eligibility, and 272 completed
           SNAP applications at Campaign tax sites.

Planned Future Activities: ( Summarize major plans, using bulleted style)
          Continue strengthening Savings Promoter program and asset-building efforts
          Work with other local campaigns, such as Baltimore CASH and Maryland CASH, to collaborate more effectively
          Continue building relationships with organizations serving taxpayers with children
          Work with the National Disability Institute to explore opportunities for off-season taxpayer education for people with
          disabilities.

								
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