- Action Alert
- Economic Justice
This One Step Would Lift Millions Out of Poverty
The Census recently released it's poverty data for 2018. While poverty rates declined slightly from 2017 to 2018, the report also contained some very, very bad news: Approximately 38.1 million people—more than the population of Canada—lived below the poverty line last year.
That number is incredibly disheartening to us. That’s why we’re calling on Congress to address glaring gaps in the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC). The EITC and CTC are two of the most effective anti-poverty programs in the country, but these tax credits leave far too many people out. Millions of low-income children are not eligible for the CTC because their families are too poor to qualify. And more than 5 million working people are left out of the EITC.
Congress is considering legislation to extend business tax breaks. It is essential that any tax bills include provisions to lift more people out of poverty. Act now: Urge your legislator to fix the gaps in the EITC and CTC and lift millions above the poverty line.