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Policy Basics

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) encourages and rewards work for low- and moderate-income working people, while the Child Tax Credit (CTC) helps working families offset the cost of raising children.

Together, the EITC and the low-income piece of the CTC benefit 30 million low-income working households, lifting 10 million people out of poverty. We work to highlight the benefits of these credits and to protect and expand them to further encourage work and reduce poverty.