Weekly News Round-up: October 26, 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, where you can filter news by a specific credit and/or state.

  • The Obama Administration proposed a plan to improve Puerto Rico’s economy, including a measure to allow Puerto Ricans to qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) (New York Times, NPR, Washington Post).
  • The Treasury Department and IRS announced changes to wording in the tax code that ensure thousands of same-sex couples are now eligible for tax credits for working families (The Hill).
  • Advocates in Arkansas urged legislators to create a state EITC during the 2016 legislative session (Arkansas Times).
  • West Virginia lawmakers announced they are interested in creating a state EITC (West Virginia Gazette Mail).
  • In Georgia, legislators and advocates introduced tax reform plans, including a proposal to create a state EITC (Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, Gainesville Times).
  • Katy O’Donnell of Politico wrote about the benefits and downsides of using the tax code as a social safety net (Politico).