From New York City Department of Consumer Affairs

posted Jan 22, 2015, 3:55 AM by Sylwia Jasinski

Dear Colleagues,

On Saturday, January 31, the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs is hosting the City's first ever "phone-a-thon" in all five boroughs to let our neighbors know about refundable tax credits. We need 2,000 volunteers to spend just two hours calling fellow New Yorkers with information on how to get these tax credits and free tax preparation. 

Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers are missing out on up to $10,000 in tax credits, like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Care Tax Credit. Though the EITC is considered one of the most effective programs to reduce poverty, about one in five eligible working families in New York City fail to claim their money - money families need to help pay for daily necessities or to get out of debt - because they simply don’t know about these programs.

We are reaching out to you, our dedicated City colleagues, to help us with this unprecedented effort. Come out and join us in your preferred borough/location. You can sign up right here for your shift.

Your two hours will make a difference.

Additionally, DCA is helping to increase the number of sites at which New Yorkers who earn $60,000 or less can file their taxes for free. You can find the list of these sites on the DCA website.

Please feel free to contact our EITC Day of Action team with any questions at

Thank you in advance for your support, and we hope to see you on January 31!


Julie Menin
Department of Consumer Affairs