Sending Office: Honorable Gwen Moore
Endorsed by the Economic Security Project
Action; U.S. PIRG; WISPIRG, Friends Committee on National Legislation; NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice, National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd; Congregation of Our Lady of Charity
of the Good Shepherd, US Provinces
Dr. King once said, “the solution to poverty is to abolish it directly.”
Please join me in cosponsoring the Worker Relief and Credit Reform (WRCR) Act to put money back into the pockets of those who need it most.
At a time when 40% of Americans cannot meet a $400 emergency expense, and one in seven Americans lives in poverty, the WRCR Act will boldly build on one of our most successful anti-poverty policies, the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), to address poverty
head on and reduce financial instability.
By modernizing and expanding the EITC, the WRCR Act would benefit nearly half of all Americans (154 million); cut the poverty rate by one-third; benefit family caregivers, low income students, and older workers; and provide more financial stability by smoothing
- More support for more people – phases in the credit more quickly and extends the phase out to benefit more people living in deep poverty and more people in the middle class. Also increases the maximum credit for most people to $4,000 for single
filer and $8,000 for married filers.
- Modernizes the definition of work – credits the value of family caregiving (as well as caregiving of cohabitating individuals), and low-income students.
- Expands the age range – decreases the eligibility age so that workers without children are eligible starting at age 18 (instead of 25) and provides credit to working Americans older than 65 years.
- Makes the credit more user-friendly – smooths incomes by allowing for monthly advance payments option for up to 75% of estimated credit. Also, reduces the error rates by decoupling the credit from the size of the family, and boosts taxpayer assistance
initiatives including optional consultations, online services, and pilot outreach programs.
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