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Moving Working Families ForwardThird Way Policies That Can Work$
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Robert Cherry

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814717189

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814717189.001.0001

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Revising Government Tax Policies

Revising Government Tax Policies

(p.133) 8 Revising Government Tax Policies
Moving Working Families Forward

Robert Cherry

Robert Lerman

NYU Press

This chapter examines ways to improve economic well-being and tax policies targeted to working families, particularly the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and child care tax policies. The EITC is successful at lifting families out of poverty but is less effective at enabling the near-poor to move forward. The phasing out of credits reduces the income gains to these families when their income grows, especially if near-poor families are gaining benefits from other means-tested programs such as public housing and food stamps. The chapter also illustrates how child care tax policies are particularly important for near-poor families who have incomes too high to receive substantial subsidies from government-funded programs, in addition to exploring ways to improve the coordination between federal and state programs to further aid them.

Keywords:   Earned Income Tax Credit, child care tax policies, near-poor families, public housing, food stamps

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