A Wealthier and Healthier Tax Time

Every autumn, RuFES Network members start gearing up their free tax assistance promotional campaigns and programs. Their aim?  Help low-income rural families file their taxes and obtain the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credits (CTC) for which they qualify. This tax season, you can make even more difference at tax time – by helping low-income […]

Earned Income Tax Credit & Child Tax Credit Resource Guide

Updated November 2013 Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Qualifications 2013 TAX YEAR QUALIFICATIONS Source: IRS.gov Earned Income and adjusted gross income (AGI) must each be less than: $46,227 ($51,567 married filing jointly) with three or more qualifying children $43,038 ($48,378 married filing jointly) with two qualifying children $37,870 ($43,210 married filing jointly) with one qualifying […]

Now Enter the Marketplace!

Ensuring Rural Family Health Insurance — As anyone with an ear on the news knows, the new health insurance marketplaces launched October 1. These state-based online health insurance marketplaces, a key feature of the 2010 Affordable Care Act [ACA], offer a singular opportunity for RuFES network members: You can now apply your place-based, RuFES-honed wisdom […]

Drive it Down! The High Cost of Auto Insurance for Rural Families

Owning a safe, reliable, efficient and affordable car can help a low-income rural family move from surviving to thriving. Research by the Carsey Institute shows that a good car not only increases a family’s access to jobs, health care, and nutritious food, it can also reduce household expenses and improve a family’s financial outlook. But […]

Prepare to Run a First-Rate Rural EITC Program

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Ready… Set… Tax Prep! Note: This webinar was presented in fall 2012.  Some data and figures are out of date, but the stories and outreach strategies remain relevant. For information on maximum credits and EITC qualification rules, see the IRS website.  You can also watch our 2013 webinar, A Wealthier and Healthier Tax Time. It’s […]

Earned Income and Child Tax Credit Campaigns

The Basic Idea: Pull out all the stops to let families know they may qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and other tax credits, like the Child Tax Credit (CTC). How it works: A community coalition gathers to plan a campaign. Media are enlisted to run Public Service Announcements or paid ads. Ad content […]

Ready… Set… Tax Prep! Prepare to Run a First-Rate Rural EITC Program

The EITC, in place since 1975, continues to play an important role in providing critical financial resources to hard-working low-income families across the U.S. In 2013, working families filing for the EITC (for the 2012 tax year) will be able to receive up to $5,891, a significant boost for families who are trying not only […]

Ready… Set… Tax Prep!

Preparing a First-Rate Rural EITC Campaign: A Two-Part Webinar Thursday, November 8, 2012 This RuFES ReFresher webinar has concluded. Please check back soon for copies of the presentations, a list of resources, and videos from the sessions. Is it that time already?! Yes, it’s almost tax season, and communities and organizations are racing to prepare […]

Broaden Your Rural EITC Scope — RuFES Webinar Mini-Series

The EITC continues to serve as a critical support for low-and moderate-income families trying to get ahead, by providing them with a much needed a financial infusion. This support assists families in a number of ways, including to help pay off critical bills, get an IDA, purchase U.S. Savings Bonds, and much more. The following […]

Prepare to Run a First-Rate Rural EITC Campaign!

Since its enactment in 1975, the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) has provided low-income Americans with a financial boost and continues to lift millions of people out of poverty every year.  This reward for work can make all the difference for low-income working families trying to get ahead. Indeed, the EITC also offers a boost […]

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