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10 Things You Should Know About Social Security

August 10, 2015

Ahead of Social Security’s 80th birthday this Friday, we’ve updated our backgrounder listing our top ten facts about the program.  The first three, summarized below, explain that Social Security provides a foundation on which workers can build for retirement as well as help for workers who...

In Focus: One-Fifth of Social Security Beneficiaries Receive Disability or Young Survivors Benefits

Pro-Work Tax Credits Help 2 Million Veteran, Military Households

June 30, 2015

About 2 million veteran and military households earn the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or low-income component of the Child Tax Credit (CTC), two tax credits for low- and moderate-income working households.  But as we detail in a new paper, about half of these families...

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Key Tax Credits Help 13 Million Fathers in Working Families

June 18, 2015

With Father’s Day approaching, 13 million fathers in working families are benefiting from two key tax credits for low-income workers — the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC).  These credits lifted 1 million working dads out of poverty in 2013 (the most recent year for which we have data), using a Census Bureau poverty measure that counts tax credits and government...

Working Family Tax Credits Help at Every Stage of Life

Key Tax Credits Support Millions of Rural Families

May 12, 2015

As policymakers consider whether to extend key provisions of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) that are due to expire at the end of 2017, rural families have lots at stake — more than 2 million of them, with more than 4 million children, would lose all or part of their EITC, CTC, or both.

All told, nearly 5 million workers outside of metropolitan areas with...

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Key Tax Credits Lift Millions of Mothers and Children Out of Poverty

May 7, 2015

With Mother’s Day approaching, 21 million mothers are benefiting from two key tax credits for low-income workers — the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC).  These credits lifted 2.1 million mothers and 5 million children out of poverty in 2013 (the most recent year available), using a Census Bureau poverty measure that counts tax credits and government benefits....

Tax Season: Time to Help the Lone Group Taxed Into Poverty

April 9, 2015

Millions of working families will file their taxes by April 15, and some will claim the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the ...

Congressional Budget Plans Hurt Low-Income Working Families

March 19, 2015

Repealing the estate tax would swell deficits and worsen growing wealth inequality, while providing no benefit to 99.8 percent of Americans. 

Working-Family Tax Credit Essentials, Part 3: Making Key Provisions Permanent

January 21, 2015

Our last post on our new chart book highlighted ground-breaking research suggesting that the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) help families at virtually every stage of life.  Today,...

New Poverty Figures Show Impact of Working-Family Tax Credits

October 17, 2014

The Child Tax Credit (CTC) and Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) together lifted 9.4 million people out of poverty in 2013 and made 22.2 million others less poor, our analysis of Census data released yesterday show.

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