1. Action Alert
  2. Economic Justice

Urge Your Senators to Support Tax Credits for Working Families

By Amelia Kegan, November 7, 2019

Right now, Congress is working to pass tax legislation that will benefit businesses, while continuing to leave low-income working families behind. Before they vote, your senators need to hear from you.

As Congress negotiates its tax package, urge your senators to ensure that improvements to tax credits that lift families out of poverty—the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit—are included.

The EITC and Child Tax Credit lifted 8.9 million people out of poverty in 2018 and helped millions more. But many low-income workers are still left out. Congress can fix this by expanding the EITC and improving the Child Tax Credit so it doesn’t leave out millions of children low-income families.

The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act included very few provisions directed specifically to low-income working families. The next new tax bill must include support for low-income working families, not just businesses. Urge your senators to ensure the EITC and Child Tax Credit are included in their tax negotiations.

Legislative Ask Fix the Glaring Gaps in Tax Credits for Low-Income Working Families 

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) are two of the most important anti-poverty programs in the country. Together these programs prevent more than 29 million people from falling into, or deeper into, poverty. However, there are two serious gaps in these credits.

Amelia Kegan

  • Legislative Director, Domestic Policy

Amelia Kegan leads the domestic policy team's work in analyzing legislation, advocating on Capitol Hill, and developing legislative strategy. Prior to coming to FCNL, Amelia worked at a variety of other national non-profits in D.C. and Chicago, focusing on federal budget, tax, and low-income policy.