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  • Tax Reform and Poverty
    Jason Furman [1]
    April 10, 2006

    The tax system has a pervasive impact on poverty, both directly through its role in the distribution of society’s resources and indirectly through its effects on the incentives for economic decisions like working and saving.  The two most important facets of the tax system for low-income families are payroll taxes and the Earned Income Tax Credit …
  • A Hand Up: How State Earned Income Tax Credits Help Working Families Escape Poverty in 2006
    Ami Nagle and Nicholas Johnson
    March 8, 2006

    Executive Summary An Earned Income Tax Credit is a tax reduction and a wage supplement for low- and moderate-income working families. The federal government administers an EITC through the income tax. So do many states. States that enact EITCs can reduce child poverty, increase effective wages, and cut taxes for families struggling to make ends …
  • How Much Would a State Earned Income Tax Credit Cost?
    Jason Levitis
    February 1, 2006

    Nineteen states have enacted tax credits for low- and moderate-income working families based on the federal Earned Income Tax Credit.  A number of additional states are considering enacting EITCs in the 2006 legislative session.  The following provides guidelines that policymakers and others can use to estimate the cost of a refundable state Earned Income Tax Credit that is set at a …
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