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Nikhita Airi

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As of December 2023, 15 states offered a child tax credit (CTC) on their state individual income tax, but the structure and size of these credits varied significantly. This report summarizes and explains the policy levers involved in designing a state CTC, and it uses the Tax Policy Center state...

February 28, 2024
Richard C. AuxierDavid WeinerNikhita Airi

Benefits from the earned income tax credit (EITC) and child tax credit (CTC) play an important role in the financial lives of low- and moderate-income families. Determining how much credit a family qualifies for can be complicated, depending primarily on the number of eligible children, income,...

February 3, 2023
Elaine MaagNikhita AiriLillian Hunter
Research report

Refundable tax credits can play an important role in the financial lives of low-income families. The two that provide the most support are the earned income tax credit (EITC) and the child tax credit (CTC). Refundable tax credits differ from most programs that provide income support to low-...

October 17, 2022
Elaine MaagH. Elizabeth PetersNikhita AiriKaren E. Smith
Research report

While 19 states have enacted a tax on recreational marijuana, there is no standard cannabis tax in the US the way there is an alcohol tax, cigarette tax, and gas tax.

Instead, governments use three different types of cannabis taxes: a percentage-of-price tax, a weight-based tax, and a...

September 28, 2022
Richard C. AuxierNikhita Airi

By examining federal aid to state and local governments during the Great Recession, we draw lessons that can inform current state and local efforts to build an inclusive economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. We primarily compare the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 with the...

November 19, 2021
Aravind BoddupalliNikhita AiriTracy GordonSolomon Greene

This chartbook compares the breadth of general sales and excise tax bases across the states. It categorizes detailed personal consumption expenditures (as measured in the Bureau of Economic Analysis National Income and Products Accounts) by their tax treatment in each state and the District of...

April 19, 2021
Nikhita AiriFrank Sammartino

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