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August 10, 2017

This has been a blockbuster year for state earned income tax credits (EITCs) — one of the most common-sense tools we have for helping low-income workers make ends meet. Three state legislatures adopted new EITCs in 2017, three expanded existing credits, and two took...

29 States and DC Have Enacted Earned Income Tax Credits (EITCs), 2017
February 8, 2017

State legislative sessions are starting amid great uncertainty about potential changes in federal policies that could leave millions of struggling families with less support to meet basic needs like food, housing, and health care. So state policymakers should bolster state services for these families. States can help people keep working, boost incomes, reduce financial hardship, and help build...

Twenty-six States and DC Have Enacted EITCS, 2016
May 20, 2016

Oklahoma lawmakers have voted to cut the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) by more than 70 percent, hitting 200,000 low-income working households, many of whom will lose the credit altogether.  The cut will raise just $29 million to help close a gaping $1.3 billion shortfall — which was largely caused by...

Worker at a Machine
April 18, 2016

It’s Tax Day, and for many low- and moderate-income American workers, tax time means claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), which helps offset federal taxes.  (Many of these families can also claim the low-income portion of the Child Tax Credit.)


January 29, 2016

Groups nationwide today are recognizing the important contribution that the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) makes to the lives of low- and moderate-income working people. The credit encourages and rewards work as well as offsets federal payroll and income taxes.  Twenty-six states, plus the...

Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit Have Powerful Antipoverty Impact
December 16, 2015

We’ve issued two pieces on the bipartisan congressional deals announced last night:

Assessing the Tax Provisions of the Bipartisan...
Tax Deal: Making EITC/CTC Provisions Permanent Has Powerful Anti-Poverty Effect
November 16, 2015

“[Y]ou can oppose the president on some issue that you fundamentally disagree with, but also work with the other party on issues you do agree with,” new House Speaker Paul Ryan told CBS’ “60 Minutes” last night.  On one critical issue, Speaker Ryan and President Obama not only agree but have a nearly identical...

September 30, 2015

Ahead of tomorrow’s Senate Finance Committee hearing on reducing payment errors in federal benefit programs, here are three ways Congress can reduce errors in the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC):

Give the IRS the needed authority to reduce EITC

July 24, 2015

It’s time to raise the federal minimum wage, as my colleague Isaac Shapiro wrote earlier today.  In the meantime, states can help address stagnant wages and the struggles of working families by boosting the minimum wage within their borders,...

Twenty-six States and DC Have Enacted EITCs, 2015
June 25, 2015

California just became the 26th state (and 27th jurisdiction, counting the District of Columbia) to adopt a state Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).  Governor Jerry Brown signed the state’s 2016 budget yesterday, thereby enacting a credit that will provide $380...

Twenty-six States and DC Have Enacted EITCs, 2015