The federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) has a proven record of keeping people working. Claimed only by people earning income through work, the federal EITC has become the nation’s largest and most successful anti-poverty program with a thirty-year proven track record of lifting children and families out of poverty. The federal EITC alone lifted 6.1 million people, including 3.1 million children, above the poverty line in 2011. Twenty-five states and the District of Columbia have gone one step further by establishing a state-level EITC to encourage work among low-income families, reduce poverty, and stimulate local economies.
Nearly one in four tax-filers would qualify for a state-level EITC in Kentucky, and 439,000 children would benefit. A new infographic highlights the important advantages of a state-level EITC in Kentucky and shows that workers, families, and communities all stand to gain from a state EITC.
Enacting a state EITC would help keep Kentucky’s children out of poverty by supporting their working parents. Please share and distribute this infographic to promote the extensive opportunities that a state EITC would bring to Kentucky. Click here for a PDF of the infographic.