H&R Block Talks Taxes at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 46th Annual Legislative Conference

November 01, 2016 : H&R Block

Picture this: nearly 28 million filers received a total of approximately $66.7 billion from the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) during the 2015 tax filing season. What that means to eligible individual filers is an average EITC refund of approximately $2,400 with some as high as $6,000 in 2015. For many working families, this credit is a financial lifeline every year.

However, nearly 20 percent of eligible taxpayers do not claim this credit due to the complexity of filing. To help shed light on this gap, H&R Block’s Chief Government Relations Officer Marie van Luling participated in the Child Welfare Brain Trust panel at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 46th Annual Legislative Conference.

Congressman Danny Davis hosted a panel bringing together an array of speakers who provided insights on how to support African-American families through a variety of different avenues. A common theme throughout the panel was the importance of being able to create better access to resources for families in need, from claiming important tax credits to encouraging children to follow their dreams through national mentoring programs. The other panelists included:

  • Heather Hahn, Senior Fellow in the Center for Labor, Human Services, and Population at the Urban Institute
  • Carlyle Holder, President of the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice
  • Toni Oliver, 12th President of the National Association of Black Social Workers
  • Susanne Sellers, founder of Families Organizing for Child Welfare Justice (FOCWJ)
  • Steve Vassor, CEO of AMPED Strategies

On behalf of H&R Block, van Luling discussed improving the tax code to increase financial security and help taxpayers understand their credit options. Depending on income and household size, she noted, the EITC can help taxpayers receive an extra boost in their refund, but if this credit is filed incorrectly, taxpayers can be banned from receiving the credit for two years. Van Luling noted that the “tax code is a conduit for social policy,” and emphasized the need for simplicity so that families can reap the benefits of the code.

Related Resources

Congress passed the American Rescue Plan – What you need to know

H&R Block has tools ready to help you determine how much your third stimulus check may be, as well as information on what might be different with this third round of stimulus.

Families can easily estimate their advance child tax credit payments with H&R Block’s online calculator

With H&R Block's online calculator, families can now estimate how much money they might receive from advance child tax credit payments.

Three things to know about advance child tax credit payments

H&R Block knows there are questions about the new advance child tax credit payments. Here are three key things families should know.

H&R Block customers: Unsure where your stimulus money is? We’re here to help

As people search for answers about their second stimulus payment, H&R Block has tools and live expert help to assist its customers. Learn more.

H&R Block

H&R Block

Connect with us