This Mother’s Day, let’s show working moms how much we value them by supporting the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC), which enable them to do the best they can for their kids. About 576,000 working moms in Pennsylvania rely on the EITC to help make ends meet. Include the CTC, and that number increases to 641,000, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
The EITC and CTC boost income, support work, and reduce poverty. The credits raise the income of low-wage mothers, helping them pay for the very things that allow them to work and improve their family's situation - such as transportation and child care.
Across the nation, the EITC and CTC lifted 9.4 million people out of poverty in 2013 -- more people than any other federal program besides Social Security -- including more than 2 million mothers and 5 million children. In total, the credits helped 22 million Americans make ends meet.
In the wake of the recession, both programs were expanded to help more families, but only temporarily.
If Congress doesn’t act to make key provisions of these tax credits permanent, 16 million people, including 8 million children, will be pushed into poverty in the coming years.
Click here for a look at some of the research showing how EITC and CTC help foster child development, promote work, and reduce poverty.
If you want to help working moms this Mother’s Day, consider calling Senators Toomey and Casey, and your congressman, and asking them to support moms and kids by making these key provisions of the EITC and CTC permanent - after calling your mom, of course.