Build Back Better would extend tax credit boost for millions of low-income Americans

After meeting with members from the House Democratic Caucus at Washington's Capitol on Thursday, October 28, 2021, President Joe Biden gives remarks in the East Room about his Build Back Better agenda.
The Democrats' latest $1.75 trillion climate and social spending package proposes an extension for one year of an enhanced tax cut for millions of Americans.

President Joe Biden temporarily increased the earned income credit, a write-off for working families with low- or moderate-incomes through the American Rescue Plan. He also increased the benefit for 2021 by extending eligibility.

According to a House Rules Committee outline, Democrats want to extend these perks until 2022.

The plan could affect 17 million low-wage workers, including childcare providers and hospitality workers, if it is enacted. A framework from the White House states.

Kris Cox, deputy director for federal tax policy at The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, stated that "these are people who work in important jobs but get low pay."

She said that "they previously received such an insignificant earned income tax credit" that almost six million people were taxed into poverty or taxed further into poverty.

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Democrats' plan provides that the enhanced child tax credit will be maintained for one more year.

The credit is a percentage from earnings and can be refunded if they are liable for more taxes than they owe. The Internal Revenue Service offers a tool that allows you to determine who is eligible.

Before the American Rescue Plan, people without children did not receive much from the earned income credit.

The March law, however, increased the write-off for 2021 to $1,502 for these individuals. This is almost three times the amount of the previous law. The plan increased eligibility for childless workers by increasing the income limit to $21,430 (or $27,380 for married couples).

Cox stated that raising the income cap was an important way to recognize the power of earned income tax credit for those who receive low wages.