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Harnessing Tax Credits for California Working Families

On Monday, September 27, the California Asset Building Program at the New America Foundation co-hosted, Harnessing Tax Credits for Working Families, a one-day symposium inspired by the release of our report, Left on the Table, on the economic impact of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). We estimate that in 2009, approximately 800,000 Californians, about one in five who are eligible, failed to claim $1.2 billion in EITC refunds alone. When federal refunds such as EITC go unclaimed, low-income families lose, California businesses lose and the state’s economy loses.
This one-day learning session provided useful tools and best practices on what policymakers, practitioners, and community based organizations can do to inform and to increase the number of eligible families that claim and save available federal tax credits such as the EITC.

The event was co-sponsored by the California Department of Community Services and Development, California/Nevada Community Action Partnership in partnership with the New America Foundation, California Department of Social Services, Catholic Charities of California, County Welfare Directors Association, New America Foundation, SingleStop USA and Western Center on Law and Poverty and WEConnect,



7:30am  Registration Open
8:00      Continental Breakfast
9:00      Opening and Welcome
9:15      State of California First Lady's Office (invited)
9:45      BREAK

1. Developing and Sustaining EITC Programs
2. Models of Success: What Can California Learn from Other States Leveraging the EITC?
3. Local Community Partnerships - the Key to Successful Program Implementation

11:30    LUNCH and guest speakers

1. Nuts & Bolts of Tax Credits
2. Basic Components of Forming a Regional EITC Coalition
3. Tax Time is Only the Beginning: Asset Building and Wealth Creation for Working Families

3:00      Plenary Session - Building a Coalition
4:30      Adjournment

Event Time and Location

Monday, September 27, 2010 - 9:00am - 4:30pm
Sheraton Gateway - LAX
6101 West Century Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90045