Tax Credits for Individuals and Families

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Policy Basics

Building on the federal Earned Income Tax Credit, we conceived the concept of state-level EITCs.

With our encouragement and assistance, about half of the states have enacted this tool, providing a total of $3 billion to help 9 million low-income working households make ends meet. State EITCs help such households offset state taxes that disproportionately burden low-income households. We work closely with members of the State Priorities Partnership to maintain and expand EITCs where they exist, and to bring them to more states.

Virginia Misses Chance to Advance Racial Equity

Virginia ended its 2019 legislative session after enacting a new tax law that failed to expand the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for low-wage workers. An EITC expansion would have reduced...