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As many as 20 percent of workers who qualify for a federal tax credit that benefits low-to-middle income individuals and families don’t claim it, according to the Washington State Department of Commerce.
The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) reduces the amount of tax that a person owes and may result in a refund, according to the Internal Revenue Service.
To funnel more money into workers’ pockets, Gov. Jay Inslee declared that Jan. 25 was “Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day” to try to boost claims for the credit.
“These tax credits benefit hard-working families and help lift households out of poverty,” Inslee said in a release.
The EITC can have significant impacts on a household’s finances. According to the release, these credits can improve the health of infants and mothers as well as educational outcomes for young children in low-income households, among other benefits.
According to the release, 407,000 Washington residents applied for EITC and claimed $893 million in refunds, averaging $2,194 per household.
Find out if you qualify for that cash by attending free tax help events at the Seattle public libraries.
Councilmembers Kshama Sawant (D-3) and Debora Juarez (D-5) have both declared that they will be running to keep their seats in 2019.
They are hardly alone.
In District 3, Sawant will compete with Pat Murakami, who ran for the citywide council position in 2017; Logan Bowers, who runs a recreational marijuana business; and Beto Yarce, the executive director of Ventures, a nonprofit that seeks to support diverse entrepreneurs.
Vying for District 5 are John Lombard, an environmental consultant; Ann Sattler who, according to King5, is a former Sonics employee; and Alex Tsimmerman, a council gadfly and perennial candidate best known for his use of Nazi salutes when addressing public officials.
Mayor Jenny Durkan has officially endorsed two ballot propositions that support local schools. Voters will decide on them next month.
The first, Proposition 1, would replace two expiring levies on local property taxes to fund early learning, preschool, college and K-12 education support, among other programs. The 2019 levy would toll up to $0.365 per $1,000 of assessed value. That means the homeowner will be taxed under 4 cents per every $1,000 and the total amount will vary based on the cost of the house.
Proposition 2 also supports schools by funding technology, renovations and maintenance through a variable rate between $0.90 per $1,000 in 2020 to $0.56 per $1,000 in 2025, according to King5.
Ashley Archibald is a Staff Reporter covering local government, policy and equity. Have a story idea? She can be can reached at ashleya (at) realchangenews (dot) org. Follow Ashley on Twitter @AshleyA_RC
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