Since 2005, the Enterprise-led Cuyahoga EITC Coalition, as part of the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, promotes economic prosperity by helping low-income families make use of the earned income tax credit (EITC) and other asset building programs. The EITC is the largest, most effective poverty relief program in the country. It is designed to fill the gap between what low-wage workers earn and what is required to meet the basic needs of their families by providing an increase to their income with a refundable tax credit.
Our free, high-quality tax preparation offers hardworking families an alternative to paid preparers, many of whom assess high filing fees and expensive refund advancement products. With nearly 1 in 5 Cuyahoga County residents living in poverty, it is crucial that taxpayers receive all of the credits due to them and their entire refund, free of filing fees. The Coalition serves families, individuals and seniors from across the County at 25 tax preparation locations. Through client surveys, we know that these refunds are spent locally which benefits the community in which our clients live and work.
A community coalition that promotes economic prosperity and improves lives through Volunteer Tax Preparation Assistance (VITA) and asset building activities that move low-and-moderate income families from financial uncertainty to financial security.
The Coalition achieves its vision by: