December 11, 2015

Don't Let Congress Put Corporations Ahead of Low-Income Working Families

Congress is now finishing up work on legislation to extend more than 50 tax breaks, mostly for corporations, at a cost of billions of dollars. However, key provisions of tax credits for low-income working families will expire in two years without action. Congress has passed up the opportunity to make these provisions permanent again and again. We are close to the finish line, and we must not allow this to be another time when Congress fails to act on behalf of low-income working families.

There are only days left before Congress finalizes a deal! Email your Members of Congress today and urge them to make sure essential improvements to low-income tax credits are made permanent with the renewal of corporate tax breaks.

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) are effective anti-poverty, pro-work and pro-growth measures that help families and some individuals at every stage of life. If Congress fails to act and the improvements made in 2009 to the EITC and CTC are allowed to expire, millions of Americans will be hurt. More than 50 million Americans, including 25 million children, would lose all or part of their tax credit. More than 16 million people, including 8 million children, will be pushed into or deeper into poverty. A single mother with two children working full time at the federal minimum wage would lose her entire Child Tax Credit – over $1,700. Assuring families won’t be hit with this loss should be Congress’s FIRST priority, not its last.

This is our last chance to make this happen before a deal is finalized. Make sure your Members of Congress hear from you. Please send your message today!

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