Earned Income Tax Credit

Lone Group Taxed Into Poverty Should Receive a Larger EITC

Policymakers have taken important steps in recent decades to prevent the federal tax code from taxing people into or deeper into poverty.

But the commitment to keep the federal tax code from taxing low-income workers into poverty has fallen far short for one group of 7 million people: childless adults. Read more

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State Fact Sheets: The Earned Income and Child Tax Credits

These fact sheets provide state-by-state data on how the EITC and CTC reduce poverty, who benefits, how state EITCs can supplement the federal credit, and who benefits from two proposals to strengthen the credits. Read more

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Earned Income Tax Credit Outreach

Each year millions of eligible workers risk missing out on the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), the Child Tax Credit (CTC) and free tax filing assistance for low- and moderate-income workers because they do not know they qualify, do not know how to claim the credits or do not know where to find free tax filing assistance. Your outreach efforts can ensure that eligible workers can receive the tax credits they’ve earned.

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Background

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), a federal tax benefit for low- and moderate-income workers, reduces the impact of the payroll and income taxes they pay; it also supplements the earnings of very low-wage workers.  Building on the EITC’s success, roughly half of the states have enacted state EITCs, which offset state taxes and supplement wages for low-income workers.

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