The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) are among the nation’s strongest tools to help working families escape poverty and achieve greater self-sufficiency. Together, they lifted 9.4 million people out of poverty – and made 22 million others less poor – in 2013. They also lift 5 million children out of poverty, more than any other program.
As Congress considers tax proposals this year that would help business and other interests, it should not leave low-wage workers and their families behind. Tell your Member of Congress to make these critical EITC and CTC provisions permanent, plug the gap in the EITC for childless workers, take responsible steps to improve the tax credits’ integrity, and reject harmful proposals that would weaken the credits.