EITC Awareness Day

January 29, 2021 marks the 15th time the Internal Revenue Service has publicized EITC Awareness Day. It is a day when various organizations try to spread the word about a tax program of importance to working people.

Here are a few numbers worth thinking about.

78 percent of households claim the Earned Income Tax Credit when they file their federal taxes. EITC is a credit that increases your tax refund or reduces what you owe Uncle Sam. 78% also means that 22% don’t claim the EITC.

2300 dollars is a typical Federal EITC refund for families in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

58,000 young workers in New Jersey will be able to take advantage of the New Jersey EITC for the first time when filing their 2020 tax return. New Jersey expanded their program by lowering the age requirement from 25 years to 21.

65,000,000,000 dollars – $65 billion – is about the amount received by 25 million eligible workers and families in EITC, according to IRS statistics.

Millions did not receive a stimulus check in 2020. The 2020 tax form has been redesigned for those who missed out. People who did not get an Economic Impact Payment may be eligible for a Recovery Rebate Credit. For details, please read the article, “What do I do if I didn’t get my first or second stimulus checks?” by Christine Tran of the 2020 Get It Back Campaign. See the IRS page for more questions and answers about the Recovery Rebate Credit, especially for those who did not file a tax return last year.

Often overlooked are a number of programs available to help taxpayers file tax returns free. These programs include: MyFreeTaxes, a joint partnership of United Way and H&R Block; Free File through the IRS. (A word of caution, to use Free File at $0 cost go through the IRS portal, not at a tax preparation company’s website.) Be sure to check your household income and the free programs income requirements.

Free tax counseling and tax filing is available through the VITA or TCE programs, short for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and Tax Counseling for the Elderly. This year, some VITA/TCE sites are not operating at full capacity and others are not opening. To locate an open site near you, use the VITA/TCE Locator Tool or the AARP Site Locator Tool.

Additional information is available on this website’s Earned Income Tax Credit page.

147 House and Senate Enablers Voted to Overturn Electors

Congress affirmed early Thursday, the election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, following the siege of the U.S. Capitol by a mob of domestic terrorists.

The following list are Representatives and Senators who objected to the vote by Presidential Electors in Arizona and/or Pennsylvania. Objections were submitted by Representative Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Representative Scott Perry (R-PA), Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO).

Last, First NamePartyStateDistrict 
House of Representatives
Aderholt, RobetRAL4
Allen, RickRGA12
Arrington, JodeyRTX19
Babin, BrianRTX36
Baird, JamesRIN4
Banks, JimRIN3
Bentz, CliffROR2
Bergman, JackRMI1
Bice, StephanieROK5
Biggs, AndyRAZ5
Bishop, DanRNC9
Boebert, LaurenRCO3
Bost, MikeRIL12
Brooks, MoRAL5
Budd, TedRNC13
Burchett, TimRTX26
Burgess, MichaelRTX26
Calvert, KenRCA42
Cammack, KatRFL3
Carl, JerryRAL1
Carter, Earl RGA1
Carter, JohnRTX31
Cawthorn, MadisonRNC11
Chabot, SteveROH1
Cline, BenRVA6
Cloud, MichaelRTX27
Clyde, AndrewRGA9
Cole, TomROK4
Crawford, EricRAR1
Davidson, WarrenROH8
DesJarlais, ScottRTN4
Diaz-Balart, MarioRFL25
Donalds, ByronRFL19
Duncan, JeffRSC3
Dunn, NealRFL2
Estes, RonRKS4
Fallon, PatRTX4
Fischbach, MichelleRMN7
Fitzgerald, ScottRWI5
Fleischmann, CharlesRTN3
Foxx, VirginiaRNC5
Franklin, C. ScottRFL15
Fulcher, RussRID1
Gaetz, MattRFL1
Garcia, MikeRCA25
Gibbs, BobROH7
Gimenez, CarlosRFL26
Gohmert, LouieRTX1
Good, BobRVA5
Gooden, LanceRTX5
Gosar, PaulRAZ4
Graves, GarretRLA6
Graves, SamRMO6
Green, MarkRTN7
Greene, MarjorieRGA14
Griffith, MorganRVA9
Guest, MichaelRMS3
Hagedorn, JimRMN1
Harris, AndyRMD1
Harshbarger, DianaRTN1
Hartzler, VickyRMO4
Hern, KevinROK1
Herrell, YvetteRNM2
Hice, JodyRGA10
Higgins, ClayRLA3
Hudson, RichardRNC8
Issa, DarrellRCA50
Jackson, RonnyRTX13
Jacobs, ChrisRNY27
Johnson, BillROH6
Johnson, MikeRLA4
Jordan, JimROH4
Joyce, JohnRPA13
Keller, FredRPA12
Kelly, MikeRPA16
Kelly, TrentRMS1
Kustoff, DavidRTN8
LaMalfa, DougRCA1
Lamborn, DougRCO5
Lesko, DebbieRAZ8
Long, BillyRMO7
Loudermilk, BarryRGA11
Lucas, FrankROK3
Luetkemeyer, BlaineRMO3
Malliotakis, NicoleRNY11
Mann, TraceyRKS1
Mast, BrianRFL18
McCarthy, KevinRCA23
McClain, LisaRMI10
Meuser, DanielRPA9
Miller, CarolRWV3
Miller, MaryRIL15
Mooney, AlexanderRWV2
Moore, BarryRAL2
Mullin, MarkwayneROK2
Murphy, GregoryRNC3
Nehls, TroyRTX22
Norman, RalphRSC5
Nunes, DevinRCA22
Obernolte, JayRCA8
Owens, BurgessR UT4
Palazzo, StevenRMS4
Palmer, GaryRAL6
Pence, GregRIN6
Perry, ScottR PA10
Pfluger, AugustRTX11
Posey, BillRFL8
Reschenthaler, GuyRPA14
Rice, TomRSC7
Rogers, HaroldRKY5
Rogers, MikeRAL3
Rose, JohnRTN6
Rosendale, MatthewRMTAt Large
Rouzer, DavidRNC7
Rutherford, JohnRFL4
Scalise, SteveRLA1
Schweikert, DavidRAZ6
Sessions, PeteRTX17
Smith, AdrianRNE3
Smith, JasonRMO8
Smucker, LloydRPA11
Stefanik, EliseRNY21
Steube, W. GregoryRFL17
Stewart, ChrisRUT2
Thompson, GlennRPA15
Tiffany, ThomasRWI7
Timmons, WilliamRSC4
Van Drew, JeffersonRNJ2
Van Duyne, BethRTX24
Walberg, TimRMI7
Walorski, JackieRIN2
Weber, RandyRTX14
Webster, DanielRFL11
Williams, RogerRTX25
Wilson, JoeRSC2
Wittman, RobertRVA1
Wright, Ron (died 02/07/2021)RTX6
Zeldin, LeeRNY1
Cruz, TedRTX
Hawley, JoshRMO
Hyde-Smith, CindyRMS
Kennedy, JohnRLA
Lummis, CynthiaRWY
Marshall, RogerRKS
Scott, RickRFL
Tuberville, TommyRAL
Source: Congress.gov, Clerk of the House, U.S. Senate