News Round Up: November 19, 2018

Here are some highlights from the past week’s news and upcoming events on family tax credit issues.

Top Story: A new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) shows how state-level tax policies can help dismantle the harmful legacy of racial discrimination by creating more economic opportunities for households of color. The report recommends policy solutions such as enacting or expanding state-level Earned Income Tax Credits (EITCs), which “can help address the disparate racial impact of regressive taxes.” (CBPP)

  • A new National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) working paper analyzes the long-term impact of anti-poverty programs on disadvantaged communities and finds that the EITC helps to increase employment and reduce both poverty and public assistance. (NBER)
  • Colin McAuliffe and Sean McElwee, co-founders of Data for Progress, highlighted growing momentum to broaden the traditional definition of “work” to allow caregivers and students to benefit from safety net programs like the EITC. (The Nation)
  • A MarketWatch opinion piece recommended expanding the EITC’s age limit and value to help older workers save for retirement. (MarketWatch)
  • On Veterans Day, we shared the story of Walter Woods – a U.S. Army veteran who says the EITC helped in his transition back to civilian life – and urged veteran and active duty military families to learn more about their eligibility for the EITC and Child Tax Credit.