Restore the #OKEITC for working families in Oklahoma!

The Earned Income Tax Credit is a highly effective anti-poverty tool that boosts work and keeps families out of poverty. Write to your legislators and ask them to restore refundability to the EITC!

The Oklahoma EITC helps to keep working families out of poverty and improve their health and well-being.

EITC households spend a large portion of their refund on basic needs, boosting the local economy

Making the EITC refundable means it will do more to help working people while generating greater economic activity

Oklahoma families in every county were hurt by cuts to the EITC

You can explore this data by CountiesHouse Districts and Senate Disctricts.

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Why is refundability crucial to the #OKEITC?

Refundability is critical to the success of the EITC because it allows the credit to still reward work and support families even if they pay little income tax. The state EITC was enacted in Oklahoma in 2000, and has enjoyed strong bipartisan support as a way to boost work and keep working families out of poverty.


In 2016, the state Legislature made the Oklahoma EITC non-refundable, so if the credit is more than what a family owes in income taxes the balance won’t be refunded to them. Two in three households that claim the EITC lost some or all of their credit. The average loss was $121 per family.


Across the state, more than 200,000 working families lost some or all of their credit because of this cut. Making the state EITC non-refundable means that it does far less to reduce poverty and encourage work, particularly among workers earning the least.


What You Can Do:

Bills that would restore the EITC are no longer active this legislative session, indicating it is not a priority for legislators, but it should be. Here are 4 actions you can take to encourage legislators to restore the full-worth of the EITC:


For a quick and simple way to write to both of your legislators and legislature leadersip, use our online form:

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Encourage others to take action by sharing your story. Use our form to share what restoring the EITC means to you:

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Help us spread the word on Twitter using the hashtag #OKEITC:

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Encourage your Facebook friends to take action and share their stories:

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Who We Are

The #OKEITC for Working Families campaign is organized by Oklahoma Policy Institute and Together Oklahoma.