Weekly News Round-up: November 30, 2015

Here are some highlights from the past week’s news on family tax credit issues. Remember – you also can track news coverage throughout the week by visiting our website feed, where you can filter news by a specific credit and/or state.

  • Advocates called on Congress to include legislation to renew expiring provisions of the CTC and EITC in any tax extender deal (Citizens for Tax Justice, CBPP, Idaho Statesman).
  • Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families released a report saying a 15 cent increase in the state gas tax paired with the creation of a state EITC is the best way to fund state highways without harming low-income families (Arkansas Public Radio).
  • Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton introduced her plan to create a “carer’s tax credit,” which would provide up to $6,000 to those who take care of the old and sick. But some advocates opposed the plan saying that because the credit is nonrefundable, it will not benefit the poorest families (The Week).
  • Republicans in Congress are interested in reforming the “welfare state,” including tax credits (Washington Examiner).
  • Josh McCabe, Freedom Project Postdoctoral Fellow at Wellesley College, proposed revamping the Child Tax Credit to get rid of marriage penalties and further encourage work (National Review).