Earn It. Keep It. Save It. is a statewide coalition of partners from the public private and nonprofit sectors. Community Action Partnership of Utah has lead this coalition since 2005.
Earn It. Keep It. Save It. works to strengthen family financial stability through Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) outreach, free tax preparation, and asset formation programs. Specifically we help families:
- Earn It. – by providing outreach and knowledge regarding the Earned Income Tax Credit and ensure that families who are eligible to receive this life changing credit, do in fact receive it on their income tax return.
- Keep It. – by providing free income tax preparation services for families through Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and FREE online filing
- Save It. – by linking families to partner organizations in their community that can help families pay down debt, save for the future, purchase a home, and/or start a business. Ultimately helping families create building blocks for their families so that they may shift from living paycheck to paycheck to financial stability.
- Prepare 20,000 tax returns for qualifying Utahns
- Have operating coalitions in each region of the state
- Increase referrals to partnering agencies
- Continue to encourage savings at tax time
Our Successes over the Years:
- 150% growth in the number of tax returns prepared
- In Tax Year 2012 we surpassed the utilization of over 800 Volunteers
- Since 2005,139,438 federal income tax returns have been filed
- 173,268 volunteer service hours have been collected
- Successful launch of USEED – Utah Saving, Education, Entrepreneurship, and Down-payment
- Placed 2nd in the nation with the Tax Year 2013 Save your Refund sweepstakes – 263 unique savers saved $136,663
- We've saved Utahns $29.4 million in tax preparation fees since 2005
- A total distribution of $168 million in tax returns has been infused into our local economy.