Cambridge City

Policy Order
POR 2020 #15
Order Adopted
Jan 27, 2020 5:30 PM

Declare January 31, 2020 as “Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day" in the City of Cambridge.


Department:City Clerk's Office, SSSponsors:Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui, Vice Mayor Alanna Mallon, Councillor E. Denise Simmons, Councillor Timothy J. Toomey
Category:Policy Order


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Congress enacted the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) in 1975 in order to offset the burden of Social Security taxes on taxpayers with low-income, to supplement wages and provide a direct cash refund to households; and




Since its enactment in 1975, the EITC has lifted millions of families above the poverty line, maintaining a high participation rate relative to other programs designed to serve those with low-income; and




Each year, millions of employed Americans and thousands of employed Massachusetts residents are eligible for the EITC, but do not realize that they qualify or know how to claim it; and




The Cambridge Economic Opportunity Committee (CEOC) is a certified IRS VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) site and provides free tax preparation with electronic filing, which can return taxpayers' refunds in 10 days or less; and




The CEOC provides this service in English, Spanish, Haitian Kreyol, Amharic and Portuguese at its 11 Inman Street office and at sites throughout the Cambridge community in order to make the filing process easy for all tax filers; and




The CEOC completed over 2,500 tax returns in 2019, resulting in over $5.1 million in state and federal refunds, including over $1.5 million in EITC; and




The CEOC also assists tax filers in applying for SNAP and other public benefits, including health insurance and ITINs (Individual Tax Identification Numbers), and provides financial education and coaching, individual credit counseling, and FAFSA preparation assistance to support families in achieving economic security; and




The EITC increases revenues in Cambridge and boosts the overall economy; now therefore be it




That the City Council go on record proclaiming January 31, 2020 as Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day” in the City of Cambridge, and that working individuals and families in Cambridge be encouraged to recognize the benefits of the EITC and utilize the CEOC’s free tax preparation services to claim the credit and avoid for-profit tax preparer fees.


Meeting History

Jan 27, 2020 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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