How Will Tax Reform Affect Tax Credits for Low-Wage Workers?: A Bipartisan Briefing

Monday, February 13, 2017

10  – 11:30 a.m. EST


How will tax credits for low-wage workers fare through impending tax reform under the 115th Congress and Trump administration? The non-partisan Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity and Tax Credits for Workers and their Families (TCWF) invite you to a February 13 Capitol Hill briefing to discuss research and recent developments about these credits and what lies ahead.

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) provide vital support for low-wage workers and their families. Together, the two credits lift nearly 10 million Americans, including more than 5 million children, out of poverty each year. The credits enjoy a long history of bipartisan support. Under the last administration, House Speaker Paul Ryan and President Obama found common ground around a proposal to expand the EITC for “childless workers” — those not claiming dependents on their tax forms. President Trump has proposed offering child care spending rebates through the EITC, and members of Congress from both sides of the aisle have sponsored legislation to expand and improve the CTC and Child and Dependent Care Credit.

Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rob Portman (R-OH), both members of the Senate Finance Committee, have been invited to deliver keynote remarks. Following their remarks, a bi-partisan panel of leading tax policy experts will discuss how these credits have fared through tax reform under prior administrations, and what that might portend for their future during upcoming tax policy debates.

Panel Discussion

  • Jared Bernstein, Senior Fellow, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
  • Alan Cole, Economist, The Tax Foundation
  • Ramesh Ponnuru, Senior Editor, National Review magazine
  • Isabel Sawhill, Senior Fellow, Economic Studies, the Brookings Institution
  • Moderator: Bill Nichols, Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity

RSVP by Wednesday, February 8.

This briefing is hosted by Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Tim Scott (R-SC).