federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for low-income working families
helps to promote work and offset the tax burden households face. But
the federal aid program has some glaring problems, according to a recent report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
tax credit reaches few low-income childless workers, and those who are
eligible see little relief from the hefty federal tax load they are
forced to shoulder.
“This is the group we’re taxing deeper into
poverty,” said Dan Lesser, director of economic justice at the Sargent
Shriver National Center on Poverty Law.
There are two pieces of
legislation pending in Congress focused on combating this issue by
expanding EITC to more childless workers and boosting the maximum credit
from $487 to $1,350.
Samantha Tuttle, director of policy and
advocacy at the Heartland Alliance, said increasing the maximum
credit would make a “huge difference” in the lives of low-wage,
“That’s a huge percentage of income for people experiencing poverty,” she said.