Today, Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI-04) released this statement recognizing Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day:
"Last month, I supported a fiscal deal that not only put in place fairer tax rates for the wealthiest Americans but also extended the expanded Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for five more years. This tax credit, aimed at low to moderate income earners, has helped countless working Americans avoid poverty and is supported across party lines.
"The EITC is one of the largest anti-poverty programs in the United States. I am proud to support a program that the IRS estimates lifted 7 million people out of poverty in 2009, 3 million of them children. As Members of Congress, we have a responsibility to do all we can to alleviate poverty.
"In this new year, and throughout these ongoing budget negotiations, we must re-commit ourselves to the cause of ending poverty. Through creating tax policies that protect the most vulnerable Americans, Congress can ensure that people who are working are earning their way out of poverty."
The Office of Congresswoman Gwen Moore encourages everyone to visit the IRS website to determine if you qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit and to receive free tax assistance.