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[BRIEFING] Making the Tax Code Help Working Families with the Cost of Child Care

  • 212-210 Senate Visitor Center First St NE Washington, DC 20515 (map)

Lawmakers have traditionally used the tax code to address real-world problems many Americans face, and to incentivize behaviors that result in overall economic benefits, yet there are only a handful credits and deductions specific to families with young children. Among them is the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit (CDCTC) – the only tax credit specifically created to help families with of work-related child care expenses. Another, the Child Tax Credit (CTC), is targeted at families with dependent children and is designed to ensure that the tax code reflects the fact that families have more expenses and less disposable income than individuals and couples with the same income who don’t have children.

For tax reform to truly help families with the rising costs associated with raising children – particularly the cost of child care – the CDCTC must be maintained, expanded, and made refundable to reach more low-income families with a lower tax liability. The CDCTC alleviates a financial burden on working families and helps ensure more children have an equal opportunity to succeed in life.

Join the First Five Years Fund and Save the Children Action Network, with KinderCare and NAEYC, for a bipartisan briefing on Capitol Hill in partnership with sponsors of the Promoting Affordable Childcare for Everyone Act (PACE) Act – Sen. Angus King (I-ME), Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS) and Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL). Hear from a panel of experts on the importance of strengthening these important tax credits, and how doing so will benefit families with young children.

Lunch will be provided

This event has been designed to comply with House and Senate ethics guidelines.