WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) today released a report on U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown’s (D-OH) proposal to ensure that childless workers are not taxed into poverty. Brown – who has championed the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) in the Senate and secured its permanent extension last year – has proposed expanding the anti-poverty tax credit to benefit workers without children.
“Right now, a person working 40 hours a week can literally be taxed into poverty,” said Brown. “Expanding EITC to workers without children is the best way to keep them above water by putting more of their own hard-earned paychecks back in their pockets, the same way we do for low-income families. Expanding EITC is one of the best chances we have for bipartisan progress on anti-poverty initiatives this Congress, and I’ll continue to work across the aisle and across Congress to help our workers.”
“President Obama and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) have nearly identical proposals that would take a significant step towards ensuring that the federal tax code taxes no childless wage earners into poverty. A more robust proposal advanced by Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and a very similar proposal by Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA) would essentially accomplish that goal,” reads the report.
The full report from CBPP is available here.