Montgomery County Councilmember Hans Riemer on Saturday, March 29, will discuss Montgomery County’s local Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) at the National Conference on Ending Poverty, which will be held at the Silver Spring Civic Building. Councilmember Riemer will participate in the “Ending Poverty with the EITC” panel, which will explore ways to increase participation in this tax credit program as 20 percent of eligible households do not claim the EITC.
Councilmember Riemer sponsored Montgomery County Bill 8-13, which restores by law the County’s 100 percent match to Maryland’s EITC. Bill 8-13 passed the Montgomery County Council with unanimous support on Oct. 29, 2013. Montgomery County is one of only two local governments in the country that provide a local EITC.
“The EITC helps families by reducing the taxes that they pay, which increases their incomes,” said Councilmember Riemer. “I advanced this legislation because the cost of living in Montgomery County is extraordinarily high, and thousands of working families who live here find difficult to keep their families afloat. Statistics show that poverty disproportionately affects women and families with children. Research indicates that children of EITC recipients do better in school, are more likely to attend college and earn more as adults.”
The National Conference on Ending Poverty will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Silver Spring Civic Building in downtown Silver Spring. The conference will be moderated by Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank. Also participating in the conference will be Scott C. Miller, the CEO and founder of Circles USA, and Pamela Loprest, a senior fellow at the Urban Institute.
The public can attend the event. For more information, contact A Wider Circle via the National Conference on Ending Poverty web site at: http://www.awidercircle.org/2014Conference.pdf
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