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EITC Expansion Would Strengthen Credit for Childless Workers

March 18, 2014, Elizabeth Kneebone and Jane R. Williams

For low-income working families, the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is one of the nation’s most effective tools for reducing inequality and alleviating poverty. With the release of the president’s budget for fiscal year 2015, the administration provided details for how it would go about expanding the EITC to bolster the credit for workers without qualifying children. Elizabeth Kneebone and Jane R. Williams seek to better understand each of these proposals’ impact on low-wage workers at the state level and across the nation’s 100 largest metro areas.

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