WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 1, 2010) -- Corporate Voices for Working Families, a nonprofit business membership organization in Washington, D.C., has released its 2009 Employer Guide: Educate Your Employees About the Benefits They’ve Earned. This is the seventh year that Corporate Voices has updated the Employer Guide and made it available to companies and other organizations as a way to help low-wage employees take advantage of a host of benefits available to them. The guide provides detailed information about the Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, Medicaid and other benefits.
“Employees earn these benefits but many do not know how to take advantage of them because of the complexity of the programs and paperwork involved,” said Corporate Voices’ Executive Chair and Founder, Donna Klein. “The information in this reference guide helps employers inform employees and shows them how to keep more of what they earn. And by helping employees claim tax credits and benefits, companies build trust by making employees aware of valuable resources.”
The Employer Guide includes the following tools:
- Information on the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Advance EITC, the Child Tax Credit, Medicaid/State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) centers.
- Tips on how employers can talk to employees about tax credits and other benefits.
- Step-by-step instructions on how to enroll employees in Advanced EITC.
- Guidelines to help employees avoid predatory tax-preparation practices.
- Corporate best practices on how to best use the Employer Guide to help employees access these programs.
- Calendar of important dates to remember when filing for these benefits.
- Facts on the “Stored Value Card,” often referred to as the pre-paid debit card.
- Paycheck stuffers – available in both English and Spanish.
The Employer Guide is distributed to and used by Corporate Voices for Working Families’ 50 member companies that employ more than four million individuals in all 50 states. Corporate Voices for Working Families also distributes the Employer Guide through its strategic outreach partners, reaching millions more working families in the private and public sectors and thousands of elected officials around the country.
The Employer Guide also contains a CD that allows companies and organizations to rebrand the toolkit with their logo and images.
The Annie E. Casey, Ford and Hitachi Foundations fund the production of the Employer Guide: Educate Your Employees About the Benefits They’ve Earned.
“The Employer Guide gives companies the tools and detailed instructions to talk with workers throughout the year and increase their awareness that they are eligible and should apply for these programs to supplement their income,” Klein said.
The Employer Guide can be downloaded at corporatevoices.org/2009-EITC-Toolkit. To simplify the process of gathering information about programs administered by state agencies, visitors can also link to state and local programs from the Corporate Voices for Working Families Web site.
About Corporate Voices for Working Families:
Corporate Voices for Working Families is the leading national business membership organization representing the private sector on public and corporate policy issues involving working families. We aim to improve the lives of working families and the competitiveness of American businesses. Our Web site: www.corporatevoices.org. Our blog: www.corporatevoices.wordpress.com
Editor’s Note: For a copy of the Employer Guide, contact Nathan Constable at Corporate Voices for Working Families at firstname.lastname@example.org