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News Round-up: February 8, 2016

February 8th, 2016

Here are some highlights from the past week’s news on family tax credit issues. Remember – you also can track news coverage throughout the week by visiting our RSS feed, where you can filter news by a specific credit and/or state.

  • Researchers at the American Action Forum reported that House Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R) plan to expand the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for childless workers would lift almost 90,000 individuals out of poverty and increase employment by 8.3 million. Speaker Ryan’s plan is almost identical to a proposal by President Obama (American Action Forum, The Wall Street Journal). However, Politico reported that the EITC was not a topic for discussion during last week’s meeting between the President and Ryan, the first since he was elected speaker (Politico).
  • We posted the video of What’s Next for Tax Credits for Low-Wage Workers, a Capitol Hill forum we co-hosted with the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) on January 29. You can view the full video here.

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News Round-up: February 1, 2016

February 1st, 2016

Here are some highlights from the past week’s news on family tax credit issues. Remember – you also can track news coverage throughout the week by visiting our RSS feed, where you can filter news by a specific credit and/or state.

  • We released a video illustrating how the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) gives low-wage workers a break at tax time. You can watch the video here and learn more at org.

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News Round-up: January 25, 2016

January 25th, 2016

Here are some highlights from the past week’s news on family tax credit issues. Remember – you also can track news coverage throughout the week by visiting our RSS feed, where you can filter news by a specific credit and/or state.

  • This Friday, January 29, Tax Credits for Working Families and the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) will host a policy briefing on Capitol Hill to celebrate Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Awareness Day and elevate the importance of other tax credits like the Child Tax Credit (CTC) and American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC). Speakers include Johns Hopkins Professor Kathryn Edin, Elaine Maag of the Urban Institute and more. RSVP here: https://eventgrid.com/Events/19159/capitol-hill-policy-forum-whats-next-for-tax-credits-for-low-wage-workers

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News Round-up: January 19, 2016

January 19th, 2016

Here are some highlights from the past week’s news on family tax credit issues. Remember – you also can track news coverage throughout the week by visiting our RSS feed, where you can filter news by a specific credit and/or state.

  • In President Obama’s final State of the Union speech, he noted that he and Speaker Paul Ryan (R) both support measures to expand the EITC to childless workers and called on Congress to unite behind the bipartisan proposal (Vox, Bloomberg View, CBPP). The Washington Post Editorial Board encouraged Speaker Ryan to move forward with this proposal (Washington Post).
  • We recapped the generally positive statements about the EITC by Republican presidential candidates attending the recent Kemp Forum on Expanding Opportunity. The Forum brought together the candidates to address poverty in America (TCWF).

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News Round-up: January 11, 2016

January 11th, 2016

Here are some highlights from the past week’s news on family tax credit issues. Remember – you also can track news coverage throughout the week by visiting our RSS feed, where you can filter news by a specific credit and/or state.

  • This weekend, the Kemp Forum on Expanding Opportunity brought together six Republican presidential candidates to discuss ways to reduce poverty, with several voicing support for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) (ABC News, Wall Street Journal). At the forum, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush pitched his tax reform plan, which includes doubling the EITC (Jeb 2016, Forbes). New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie touted the recent expansion of his state’s EITC (Asbury Park Press). Ben Carson, on the other hand, announced his strong opposition to such tax credits (The Hill). Look for commentary on the forum from Tax Credits for Working Families later this week.

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News Round-up: January 4, 2016

January 4th, 2016

Here are some highlights from the past week’s news on family tax credit issues. Remember – you also can track news coverage throughout the week by visiting our RSS feed, where you can filter news by a specific credit and/or state.

  • For the first time since 2001, Colorado had a budget surplus large enough to trigger its EITC, which means eligible families will receive checks for 10 percent of the federal credit (Colorado Springs Gazette).
  • Lawmakers in Maryland plan to tackle tax policy legislation during the 2016 legislative session and will debate a bill to expand the state EITC to childless workers (Baltimore Sun).

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News Round-up: December 21, 2015

December 21st, 2015

Here are some highlights from the past week’s news on family tax credit issues. Remember – you also can track news coverage throughout the week by visiting our RSS feed, where you can filter news by a specific credit and/or state.

  • Congress approved and the president signed into law a tax package that makes permanent the expiring Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and CTC (Child Tax Credit) provisions (Politico, The Hill, New York Times, AEI).
  • With victory in the fight to make those EITC and CTC provisions permanent, Demos explored other changes that would further boost the EITC’s effectiveness at reducing poverty (Demos).

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News Round-up: December 14, 2015

December 14th, 2015

Here are some highlights from the past week’s news on family tax credit issues. Remember – you also can track news coverage throughout the week by visiting our RSS feed, where you can filter news by a specific credit and/or state.

  • Congress is expected to decide this week whether or not to renew expiring provisions of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) as part of a larger package of tax extenders. (The Hill, Washington Post).
  • We cross-posted a blog by Elaine Maag of the Tax Policy Center on how Congress could significantly help low-income families with children by making current eligibility rules for the CTC permanent. (TaxVox, TCWF).

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News Round-up: December 7, 2015

December 7th, 2015

Here are some highlights from the past week’s news on family tax credit issues. Remember – you also can track news coverage throughout the week by visiting our RSS feed, where you can filter news by a specific credit and/or state.

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News Round-up: November 30, 2015

November 30th, 2015

Here are some highlights from the past week’s news on family tax credit issues. Remember – you also can track news coverage throughout the week by visiting our RSS feed, where you can filter news by a specific credit and/or state.

  • Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families released a report saying a 15 cent increase in the state gas tax paired with the creation of a state EITC is the best way to fund state highways without harming low-income families (Arkansas Public Radio).

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