Dear Union Leader:
I was following up on a letter sent to your attention from State Board of Equalization Chairman Jerome Horton. The letter requests your Union’s partnership in our 2013 Free Income Tax Preparation and Family Services initiative as part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.
This initiative was a huge success last year as we were able to capture $3.7 million in federal tax credits by helping thousands of Californians file their tax returns. In addition to the tax preparation, we provide qualifying participants the opportunity to apply and receive much needed family services.
This year qualified taxpayers who earn less than $51,000 may be eligible to receive a maximum of $5,891 in Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The EITC is a refundable credit, and unlike other available tax credits; the EITC is a direct cash payment which is added to any refund due to qualifying individuals. For example, if 1,000 of your constituents qualified for the maximum allowable EITC, $5.8 million of additional residual income will flow into your local economy.
As a partner, we ask that you authorize the use of your union’s name on event brochures and other promotional material. We would also ask that you communicate with your membership (through email, your website, your newsletter and/or any other form of communication) and make them aware of this valuable resource.
If you are interested in partnering, please send me your logo at your earliest convenience to include your Union on our brochures and promotional material. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at 323-980-1221. Thank you for your time and attention.
Juan Carlos Flores