670,000 Working Moms in PA Rely on Key Federal Tax Credits

With Mother's Day approaching this weekend, we are highlighting new research showing that 670,000 working moms in Pennsylvania rely on the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC). Both tax credits also lifted nearly 118,000 Pennsylvania children out of poverty annually between 2009 and 2011.

In 2009, Congress made temporary improvements to these tax credits to better promote work and reduce the need for welfare. To benefit from the EITC and CTC, a family must be working. Research has shown that EITC increases employment and reduces poverty among families with children, particularly single-mother families.

The EITC and CTC help families working hard in low-wage jobs meet basic needs, such as paying the rent and putting food on the table. A single mother who works full time at minimum wage earns about $14,500 per year—about $4,000 below the poverty line for a family of three. The EITC and CTC help bridge that gap, extending a “hand up” to families who are working hard to provide for their children.

The Mother's Day Report is an important reminder that we have a lot at stake, and we’re working very hard to see that Congress doesn’t hurt Pennsylvania families by cutting these tax credits in the months ahead.

Learn more by reading a fact sheet from the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center. And Happy Mother's Day!

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