Each year, the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) helps nearly 26 million working Americans keep more of their income. It is one of the most effective anti-poverty tools our tax code has to offer, lifting nearly 6 million people – including 3 million children – out of poverty and improving financial stability for millions more.
But because the EITC is targeted primarily towards households with children, the credit currently does very little for those who don’t claim children as dependents. In fact, without qualifying children, working adults under the age of 25 or over the age of 65 are excluded from the EITC entirely.
Policymakers on both sides of the aisle support expanding the EITC’s age limits and improving the credit for “childless workers.” And states are already leading the way: this year, Maryland eliminated the minimum age requirement for its state-level EITC and California expanded its credit for both younger and older workers.
Join us on Tuesday, September 25 from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. for a Capitol Hill policy briefing on the importance of expanding the EITC to help more working Americans make ends meet. Hear from policymakers, researchers and advocates about the impact of proposed legislation and learn about new findings on the EITC’s effectiveness.
- Indivar Dutta-Gupta, Co-Executive Director, Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality (moderator)
- Jill Hunter-Williams, Legislative Director, Congressman Danny K Davis (D-IL)
- Elaine Maag, Senior Research Associate, The Urban Institute
- Robin McKinney, Co-Founder and CEO, The CASH Campaign of Maryland
Questions? Contact Lauren Pescatore, TCWF director, at email@example.com