IRS-SPEC Partner Coalition FY-11 Please Check One: Existing [ x ] Emerging [ ] 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 #: email@example.com, 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 h 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). h 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. h Partners: (List Core Planning Group, then Sub-Committee Members, then others if applicable) Add or delete rows by right-clicking on line number below where row is needed, then Insert or Delete.. 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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