Support EITC and CTC in COVID-19 relief

Take Action to drastically cut U.S. childhood poverty by nearly half!

Congress is considering new legislation to respond to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Included in that package is a proposal that would expand and improve the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC) for low-wage workers and families with children. New Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) research reveals these changes alone would lift an estimated 4.1 million children out of poverty in a single year. The legislation would also lift an additional 1.1 million children out of deep poverty (defined as income below 50% of the poverty threshold). That would mean a reduction of child poverty in the U.S. of nearly 40 percent. Further analysis estimates that of all children lifted out of poverty through the CTC, 2.3 million would be Black, 4.1 million would be Latino and some 441,000 would be Asian American. Also from the CBPP, more than 300,000 American Indian and Alaska Native families with children would benefit from the bill’s EITC and CTC expansions. More about EITC and CTC impact in a new post at the ELCA Advocacy Blog.

Hunger and living in poverty are never OK, and working or out-of-work families are struggling markedly during this pandemic. Adjusting EITC and CTC in this COVID-19 response package will give families important tools to take care of themselves in these difficult times.

Use your words and experiences to customize the following message, and urge your member of Congress to support EITC and CTC changes in the next COVID-19 response package.

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