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Congress Can More Modestly Expand The Child Tax Credit And Still Help Very Low-Income Families
As President Biden and congressional Democrats make another push to reach a compromise on a social spending, climate change, and tax bill, a key issue...
April 28, 2022
Should Congress Trade Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) For A Child Allowance?
As Congress struggles to develop a scaled back version of President Biden’s Build Back Better (BBB) plan, some observers (including my TPC colleague Howard Gleckman...
February 15, 2022
Should the Child Tax Credit Be Limited to Those with Lower Incomes, As Manchin Prefers?
In 2021, the Child Tax Credit (CTC), helped nearly all families with children . But this year, because American Rescue Plan (ARP) expansions have lapsed,...
January 4, 2022
Congress Should Make A Long-Term Commitment to The Child Tax Credit
Two versions of the Child Tax Credit (CTC) are on the books for the next five years, and a third is included in the House...
December 8, 2021
Where Are Families Most At Risk Of Missing Out On The Expanded Child Tax Credit?
The expanded and fully refundable child tax credit (CTC) will lift millions of children out of poverty in 2021. But many very low-income children may...
October 21, 2021
Federal Budget and Economy
Why Progressivity in Tax Policy Is Not A Simple Matter
Policymakers and even policy analysts often consider the progressivity of specific proposals independently from the broader systems in which they operate. Consequently, they often leave...
October 20, 2021
C. Eugene Steuerle
Immigrant Parents Are Less Aware of Child Tax Credit Than US-Born Parents and More Likely to Plan to Use It to Invest in Education, Fill Gaps in Child Care and Health Care
Immigrant parents are less likely to have heard about the expanded child tax credit (CTC) than parents born in the United States, according to a...
October 7, 2021
Whose Child Is It Anyway? The Ways & Means Definition Makes It Harder for The IRS To Know
To paraphrase Tolstoy , all simple families are alike; each complicated family is complicated in its own way. So when the tax code aims to...
September 27, 2021
Families Planned to Use Child Tax Credit to Pay Bills but Some Were Confused About Eligibility
Starting in July, many parents began receiving monthly payments of the Child Tax Credit (CTC). A new IPSOS survey as well as Urban Institute interviews...
September 15, 2021
An Expanded Child Tax Credit Would Reduce Child Poverty to Below 10 Percent in Nearly All States
The American Rescue Plan’s (ARP) expanded Child Tax Credit (CTC) would reduce child poverty in a typical year below 10 percent in 47 states –...
September 8, 2021
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