Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

Whereas In 1975 Congress enacted the Earned Income Tax Credit to offset the burden of Social Security taxes on low-income families, supplement wages and make employment more attractive than welfare; and

Whereas In 1997 the Commonwealth of Massachusetts adopted a state Earned Income Tax Credit, which is modeled after the federal Earned Income Tax Credit and provides additional support to low-income, working families; and

Whereas Since its implementation, the EITC has helped lift millions of Americans above the poverty line and has had a high participation rate relative to other programs for low-income families. However, there are still many Americans who do not realize that they qualify for the EITC or do not know how to claim it; and

Whereas Massachusetts state government is joining in partnership with municipalities, community-based organizations, educational institutions and others to promote the availability of the EITC and free tax preparation services for low-income families,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim January 27th, 2012 to be,

Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this twenty-seventh day of January, in the year two thousand and twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-fifth.

By His Excellency                  

Deval L. Patrick                    
Governor of the Commonwealth           

William Francis Galvin            
Secretary of the Commonwealth  

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts