Powerful Anti-Poverty Program Would Reach All Low Income Workers
EITC – the Earned Income Tax Credit – is one of the nation’s most effective anti-poverty programs and President Obama has proposed to include childless workers.
The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) Chuck Marr recently wrote in CBPP’s Off the Charts Blog, “Building on calls from both sides of the aisle to expand help to low-income childless workers — the sole group of workers that the federal tax code taxes into (and, in many cases, deeper into) poverty — President Obama’s 2015 budget would strengthen the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for this left-out group.”
According to Marr,
“Next to Social Security, the EITC combined with the refundable portion of the Child Tax Credit constitutes the nation’s most powerful anti-poverty program. These two credits lifted 10.1 million people out of poverty in 2012. The EITC’s most glaring hole, however, is its almost complete exclusion of childless workers (that is, childless adults and non-custodial parents). “