United Ways of California (UWCA) is proud to be co-convener of the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) Advocacy Coalition thatwas recognized with a Community Hero at the California Reinvestment Coalition's Celebrate Sacramento Valley Reinvestment event last night. The CalEITC Advocacy Coalition is composed of more than 20 organizations across the state and is led by UWCA and Children’s Defense Fund-CA.

UWCA and United Ways across the state advocated tirelessly for the creation of California's first Earned Income Tax Credit in 2015. This past year our advocates worked tirelessly, meeting with policymakers from both sides of the aisle, the administration and staffers to expand the credit to self employed workers and increase income eligibility threshold to $22,300 as well as secure an additional $2 million in outreach funds This expansion will benefit an additional one million low-income working families starting in tax season 2017.

Our work would not have been possible  without the heavy policy and budget analysis performed by the California Budget and Policy Center, and to them we extend a special thanks. We could not have done it without you. 

We are honored for this recognition and proud of the work our partner advocate organiations and local United Ways engaged in. Increasing access to and strengthening the California Earned Income Tax Credit is a high priority for the entire United Way network 

Over 17 United Ways in California run and/or support about 600 VITA sites throughout the state, which provide free tax preparation and help families gain access to working family credits (like the EITC aand child tax credit) to help families become more financially stable. Last year, VITA sites helped over 164,000 people file their taxes, bringing in over $50 million in tax credits to help California's working families. 

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Judy Darnell and the Coalition's youngest member hold CRC's Community Hero Award.