Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Working Now in Pennsylvania to Expand the Earned Income Tax Credit in the New Congress

Anti-poverty advocates are preparing for the challenge of a new Congress next year. The Coalition on Human Needs is working with the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) to generate support to expand the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

The EITC has proven to be a beneficial tool in pulling millions out of poverty, but shuts out low-wage workers who are not raising children in their custody. Currently, 7.5 million low wage workers are taxed into poverty because they do not qualify for the EITC. 

Many would benefit from such an expansion, including noncustodial parents who want to help support their children, veterans and military members, and young workers beginning their careers. 

The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center (PBPC) is working hard to garner support from state congressional delegates to expand the EITC. It would be helpful if your state organization would advocate for this initiative through a sign-on letter that asks Pennsylvania delegates to support expanded tax credits. Please contact Jeff Garis at garis@pennbpc.org so your organization can sign the letter.

There is growing bipartisan support in Congress to address the unevenness of EITC benefits. Showing your support now will help us move forward in the early days of the new Congress.

No working American should be taxed into poverty. Please join the fight to support an expanded tax credit.