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Tax Package Important Win for Illinois's Working Families

Deal Saves Key Tax Credit Improvements for 445,000 Illinois Families

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Michelle Nicolet,
312.368.2675,
mnicolet@povertylaw.org

People who work hard to support their families should be able to make ends meet and not sink deeper into poverty. Tomorrow, the U.S. House of Representatives will have the opportunity to vote yes on legislation that takes a giant step in this direction. A new bipartisan agreement in Congress, if approved by the House and Senate, saves provisions of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC). These critical tax credits provide a key income boost to 445,000 hardworking families in Illinois.

Under the conference agreement announced late Tuesday night, expiring provisions of the EITC and CTC would be made permanent along with certain tax breaks for businesses. Without this agreement, 668,000 Illinoisans, including 322,000 children, would fall into or deeper into poverty when these key pieces of the EITC and CTC expire in 2017.  

We urge all members of the U.S. House of Representatives, who will be voting on this proposal tomorrow, to vote yes.

“By making these critical improvements to the EITC and CTC permanent, this deal would ensure that Illinois working families will not get left behind as Congress completes its work this year,” said Dan Lesser, Director of Economic Justice at the Sargent Shriver National on Poverty Law.

The EITC and CTC allow working families to keep more of what they earn to pay for the essentials like school supplies for their kids or car repairs to help them get to work. Each year, the EITC and CTC help keep 478,000 million Illinoisans, including 252,000 children, out of poverty. While Congress has taken the first step in reaching an agreement, the legislation will need to pass both the House of Representatives and the Senate and be signed by the President before it becomes law.


The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law provides national leadership in advancing laws and policies that secure justice to improve the lives and opportunities of people living in poverty. We specialize in practical solutions. We advocate for and serve clients directly, while also building the capacity of the nation’s legal aid providers to advance justice and opportunity for their clients. www.povertylaw.org

Voices for Illinois Children champions the full development of every child in Illinois to assure the future well-being of everyone in the state. We work with families, communities, and policymakers across multiple issue areas to help children grow up healthy, happy, safe, loved, and well-educated. www.voices4kids.org


The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law provides national leadership in advancing laws and policies that secure justice to improve the lives and opportunities of people living in poverty. We specialize in practical solutions. We advocate for and serve clients directly, while also building the capacity of the nation’s legal aid providers to advance justice and opportunity for their clients. www.povertylaw.org

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