Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, September 2016. Together, the EITC and low-income CTC are among the strongest tools to promote work and help workers with children escape poverty and achieve self-sufficiency. But we need to do more. The EITC leaves out millions of low-wage workers not raising children in the home — a group that includes young people just starting out, adults with grown children, and non-custodial parents. As a result, they are the lone group taxed into or deeper into poverty.