Who Benefits From Proposed EITC Expansion?

Elizabeth Kneebone, Jane R. Williams
March 20, 2014

As the Brookings Institution reports, 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. However, as President Obama pointed out in his State of the Union address, “It doesn’t do enough for…workers who don’t have kids.” That includes young people in low-wage jobs.

The Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program presents  new research on two EITC expansion proposals (one from President Obama and one from Congress) that would strengthen the credit for childless workers.