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The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 makes big changes to how the government calculates your income taxes. Most of the changes took effect last year and apply to your 2018 federal tax return. But few changes go into effect this year, and apply for the first time to your 2019 return. The Internal Revenue Service also makes adjustments for inflation to some deductions, credits, and tax brackets. If you earn a low to moderate income, earning an Income Tax Credit can help you by reducing the amount of tax you owe. To qualify, you must meet certain requirements and file a tax return. Even if you do not owe any tax or are not required to file, you still must file a return to be eligible. If EITC reduces your tax to less than zero, you may get a refund. Educational Tax benefits can help with a variety of expenses, including tuition for college, elementary, and secondary school. Because of new tax law changes, education Tax Credits, deductions, and savings plans you may have used in the past have change. Energy - related Tax incentives can make home and business energy improvements more affordable. There are credits for buying energy-efficient appliances and for making energy - saving improvements. Find out if you qualify for state, local, utility, or federal incentives. The Internal Revenue Service offers special tax help to individuals and businesses hurt by major disaster or emergency. You may be able to claim a deduction in your federal taxes if you donate to 5013 organization. To deduct donations, you must file a schedule on your Tax Form. With proper documentation, you can claim vehicle or cash donations. Or, if you want to deduct non - cash donation, you 'll also have to fill out Form 8283.

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Dependents and Tax Credits, Deductions

As noted above, Child Tax Credits double From $1000 To $2000 For Children Under 17 Under TCJA. Tcja also provides $500 dependency Credit for children 17 and older that was not available under the Old Law. Two additional changes to Tax Credits are worth mentioning. The first affects high - income parents and the second impacts very low - income parents. A. New Tax Credits Favor Higher Income Taxpayers by Eliminating Caps Under Old Tax Law, Child Tax Credits get Smaller and Smaller For Parents Who earn greater Income: phase - out limit for Married Taxpayers Filing jointly was just $110 000 in 2017. It was mere $55 000 For Married Taxpayers Who File separately, and $75 000 For all other Taxpayers. In short, Old Child Tax Credit was mostly geared towards taxpayers who earn less than $100 000 per year. In addition to doubling credit, TCJA dramatically increases how much parents can earn and still claim credit: as of 2018, phase - out begins for Married Taxpayers At pretty significant $400 000. They can earn this much without losing any of their Child Tax Credit. Phase - out begins for all other taxpayers at $200 000. Each $1 000 earned over these amounts reduces the Child Tax Credit by $50. These phase - outs apply to Family Credit as well. It is important to note that comparison tables above all assume that parents could claim full Child Tax Credit under the Old Tax Law. However, many wealthier parents were unable to make use of Child Tax Credit under the Old Law due to their earnings. Tcja essentially quadruples Income Caps For Child Tax Credits. This means that wealthier parents - who now qualify for Child Tax Credit - will receive greater Benefits under TCJA. B. Tax Credits Now Refundable, Even For Parents Who Dont Owe Taxes Child Tax Credits Under TCJA also include strong benefits for low - income parents. Under the old law, Child Tax Credit could only be used by parents who actually Owe Taxes. What does this mean? Well, to put in context, single mother who could claim Head of Household Under Old Law receives a standard deduction of $9 550, as well as Child Tax Deductions of $4050 per child. Thus, working single mother of TWO children would not pay taxes on the first $17 650 she earns in give year. Under the old law, Child Tax Credit was essentially useless to the same mother, unless she earned greater than $17 650. Under the old Tax Law, parents could only apply Child Tax Credit To Taxes Owe. If parents do not owe taxes, credit was useless. More precisely, parent could not use Credit Under Old Law to increase his or her tax refund if that parent did Owe Taxes.

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IMPACT OF THE CTC

Recent ground - breaking research suggests that EITC and CTC help families at virtually every stage of life. These working - family tax credits reward and boost employment among parents and lower children's poverty today. Studies also find evidence that credits improve children's academic performance in elementary and middle school. In fact, starting from infancy when higher Tax credits have been linked with more prenatal care, less maternal stress, and signs of better infant health, children who benefit from Tax - Credit expansions have been found to do better throughout childhood than similar children who do benefit; they also have higher odds of finishing high school and therefore going on to college. Added income from these credits has also been linked with significant increases in college attendance by making college more affordable for families with high - school seniors. Education and skill gains associated with CTC and EITC are likely to keep paying off, researchers say, through higher earnings and employment for many years into the future. Ctc is newer than EITC and has not been studied to the same extent, but like EITC it is available only to working families and phases as earnings increase. Research strongly suggests that low - income families do understand how much of their tax refund comes from EITC or CTC, but they do understand that if they work they can qualify for significant Tax - base benefits. Moreover, research shows that boosting working families ' incomes is associated with improvements in children's educational outcomes, strongly suggesting that both credits improve opportunities for children. The following charts summarize the research; for more detail, see this paper. Encouraging work. Extensive research concludes that EITC encourages work, especially in strong labor market. During the 1990s, EITC expansions did more to raise employment among single mothers with children than either welfare reform or strong economy. As noted, refundable CTC is a newer credit and has not been studied to the same extent as EITC, but the two working - family Tax credits share key design features. Reducing poverty. Eitc and CTC together lift more than 10 million people out of poverty and lift 21 million others closer to the poverty line in 2014. They lift more than 5 million children out of poverty, more than any other program. These figures dont count an additional way that EITC and CTC may reduce poverty: by encouraging work. Analyzing 1990s EITC expansions for working - age single mothers without college degree,s researchers find that the number of people in such families that EITC lift out of poverty nearly doubles when EITC employment and earnings effects are taken into account. Base on anti - poverty impacts they find with respect to mothers and children they examine, they suggest that the standard estimate of the total number of people EITC lift out of poverty may understate the true number by as much as 50 percent. Improving infant and maternal health.

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RECENT HISTORY OF THE CTC

The Earned Income Tax Credit, first proposed in the early 1970s, was signed by President Ford. It was later substantially expanded by President Reagan, who deemed it the best anti - poverty, best pro - Family, best Job Creation measure to come out of Congress. However, in recent years, EITC has often come under political attack. It is criticized because it eliminates Income Tax liability of many low - income workers, thus, it is claim, giving them no skin in the game in support of the common good. 1 Others criticize it for redistributing income to people who have never paid dime in their lives but nevertheless get checks from the government. Recent expansions of EITC and Child Tax Credit will phase out in 2017. Further, recent discussions about broad - base Tax Reform have focused attention on eliminating or scaling back Tax expendituresspecial Tax rates, deductions, exclusions, exemptions, and credits, including EITC and CTC, that reduce Tax liability. Give this, and given past criticisms of these Tax credits target low - and moderate - income taxpayers, it is useful to review the history, purpose, and goals of EITC and CTC, as well as research on credit effectiveness in meeting these goals. This brief do so; Its principal findings are: Both EITC and CTC were initially propose, support, and expanded by Republican policymakers with broad Bipartisan support. Claiming EITC and CTC can be complicated and involves filing Additional Tax forms, which lead to errors of both over - and underpayment. Eitc appears to increase labor force participation of single mothers, yet high marginal tax rates associated with its phase - out range do not appear to have a significant work disincentive effect. Eitc is, by far, most progressive tax expenditure in the Income Tax code. Eitc reduces poverty significantly, with children constituting half of the individuals it lifts out of poverty. Eitc and CTC are effective in increasing after - Tax income of targeted groups, reducing poverty, and reducing income inequality.

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Federal Earned Income Tax Credit

The Earned Income Tax Credit in Tax Year 2019

Number of children:Single workers with income less than:Married workers with income less than:EITC up to:
3 or more children$50,162$55,952$6,557
2 children$46,703$52,493$5,828
1 child$41,094$46,884$3,526
No children$15,570$21,370$529

The Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit are successful Federal Tax credits for low - and moderate - income working people that encourage work, help offset the cost of raising children, and lift millions of people out of poverty. Income from these credits leads to benefits at virtually every stage of life. Recent research suggests that income from these credits leads to benefits at virtually every stage of life, including improved school performance, higher college enrollment, and increased work effort and earnings in adulthood. The Bipartisan Tax bill that policymakers enacted in December includes major anti - poverty achievement in making permanent critical CTC and EITC improvements set to expire at the end of 2017. Improvements will continue to raise roughly 16 million people, including up to 8 million children, out of poverty or closer to the poverty line in 2018 and beyond. Policymakers should now fill the glaring gap in EITC for childless workers, that is, adults without children and non - custodial parents. Largely because these workers are either completely ineligible for EITC or receive only small EITC, they are the lone group that the Federal Tax code taxes into or deeper into poverty. President Obama, House Speaker Paul Ryan, and other members of Congress, including Senate Finance Committee member Sherrod Brown and House Ways and mean Committee member Richard Neal, have proposed to make credit more adequate for this largely left - out group. This chart book provides basic information about these working - family Tax credits and outlines priorities for making them more effective.


I: What Are the EITC and CTC?

A number of different proposals offer recommendations on how EITC and CTC could be Reform and improve. Proposals try to correct one or more of Credits ' undesirable features: complexity, unequal treatment based on marital status, and high marginal tax rates as Credits phase out. Some of key provisions to address drawbacks of two credits are discuss. Select proposals are described below, including those put forth by the Economic Policy Institute in its Budget proposal, Investing in America's Economy, as well as those recommended by various Policy groups and included in recent congressional bills. One vein of policy proposals would create two Tax creditsa, Family Credit and work creditby combining several work - and Family - related Tax provisions, such as standard deduction, Personal exemptions, EITC, and CTC. Family Credit would combine standard deduction, Personal exemptions, head of household filing status, and nonrefundable part of CTC. Work Credit would be based on earnings. This proposal would simplify the tax code by combining overlapping provisions that have different rules. Furthermore, tax benefits would not depend on taxpayers ' tax bracket. Since two credits would be available to all taxpayers with no phase out, any work disincentive would be avoid. Others would make adjustments to EITC parameters to make credit more neutral with respect to marital status and number of children. Many of the proposals tinker with phase - in range, credit rate, and phase - out range to reduce penalty on workers as they earn higher wages. Increasing the starting point of phase out could also reduce any negative labor supply effects that may exist. Other proposals suggest adding benefits for each additional child, in order to reduce poverty for larger families. Finally, there are proposals to expand benefits for childless workers, who under current law are the sole group that the federal tax system taxes deeper into poverty. These reforms include lowering the eligibility age for childless workers, raising the maximum credit and phase - in rate, and raising the earnings level at which credit is fully phased in. This would offset payroll taxes paid by lowest - income childless workers and improve EITCs work incentive. 14 many different proposals exist for reforming and improving both EITC and CTC. What follows is a look at some of those reforms, in chronological order.

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State Earned Income Tax Credits

The Earned Income Tax Credit in Tax Year 2019

Number of children:Single workers with income less than:Married workers with income less than:EITC up to:
3 or more children$50,162$55,952$6,557
2 children$46,703$52,493$5,828
1 child$41,094$46,884$3,526
No children$15,570$21,370$529

Twenty - nine States plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have enacted their own version of the federal Earned Income Tax Credit to help working families pay low wages to meet basic needs. State EITCs build on the success of federal Credit by keeping people on the job and reducing hardship for working families and children. This important state support also extends federal EITCs well - document long - term positive effects on children, boosting nations ' future economic prospects. State EITCs provide extensive benefits to children, families, and communities, and are straightforward to administer and to claim. Lawmakers in States without their own EITC should consider enacting one. A small number of states that have cut back or eliminated their credits should reverse course, and states that have limited their credits so that they only offset income taxes should expand them to help offset the full range of State and local taxes that low - income households pay. In addition, states can extend credit to certain workers who currently are ineligible, such as younger workers not claiming children and those filing taxes with individual taxpayer identification number. All of these steps would substantially enhance credit impact. By investing in EITC, States can make a real difference in the lives of working families with low and moderate incomes. California's Credit is available to working families and individuals with wage income below $30 000 depending on family size. Credit is worth 85 percent of household's federal EITC until household income reaches half of the level at which federal Credit is fully phased in; it then begins phasing out at varying rates, depending on family size. In 2019, maximum credit ranges from $240 for workers without dependent children to about $3 000 for workers with three or more children, plus a new $1 000 Young Child Tax Credit for families with children under 6. The value of credit is set each year by the legislature. B District of Columbia now offers credit equal to 100 percent of federal EITC to adults without dependent children who have incomes up to twice the poverty line. Dc EITC also counts children of non - custodial parents, as long as the worker is aged 18 to 30 and the worker pays child support and is up to date on those payments. C Indiana decouple from federal provisions expanding EITC for families with three or more children and raising Income phase - out for married couples. D Maines Credit is 12 percent for families with children at home, and 25 percent for families without children at home. E Maryland also offers non - refundable EITC set at 50 percent of federal Credit. In effect, taxpayers may claim either refundable credit or non - refundable credit, but not both. F Massachusetts Credit will increase to 30 percent of federal Credit starting in 2019. In addition, survivors of domestic violence can file their own tax returns and remain eligible for EITC.


States Continue Building on Federal Credit

Expanding EITC for workers not raising children in their homes would ensure that credit offers are handed up to more workers struggling to get by on low wages. Federal EITC for these workers is very limited and small, even though they are integral members of their communities and local economies. Many are non - custodial parents or future parents. Partly because EITC for these workers is so small, they are the lone group that federal income and payroll taxes push them into or deeper into poverty. Proposals to expand federal credit for these workers, such as nearly identical proposals of former President Obama and former House Speaker Paul Ryan, would help address this problem. B expansion also would modestly reduce income disparity between high - and low - income households by boosting incomes at bottom. Some 13 million workers would benefit from Obama / Ryan proposals people who do important but low - pay work in hospitals, schools, office buildings, and construction sites across the country. Just under half of them are women, more than half are under 35, and more than half are white. People of color would benefit substantially, since they are likelier than whites to have low incomes. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, Transgender, and queer people also benefit, both because LGBTQ adults are more likely to earn lower wages than heterosexual adults and because same - sex couples are less likely to raise qualifying children than other families. In in addition to making work pay and boosting incomes at the bottom of the wage scale, expansion of EITC for workers not raising children at home would likely produce other benefits. Research indicates that it can increase employment rates among workers not raising children, d as the EITC expansions in early 1990s do among single mothers. It also could strengthen attachment to the labor force among less - educate, younger workers, whose rates of employment and incomes have fallen over the last couple of decades. States need not wait for expansion of federal credit for childless workers. The District of Columbia expanded its own EITC to fully match federal Credit for workers without children at home in 2014. In 2017, Minnesota expanded its Working Families Credit so that young workers without dependent children can qualify at age 21. In 2018, California extended its EITC to workers 18 and over, and Maryland eliminated credits lower age limit. In 2019, Maine will extend its Credit to workers 18 - 24 without children at home and enable them to receive Credit worth 25 percent of federal EITC. Several other states are considering similar expansions.


Why Consider an EITC?

Income: You need to work and earn income. Your work doesnt have to be year - round. Your earnings cannot be more than the amounts on the chart above, including investment income. Earned income can be from wages, salary, tips, employer - base disability, self - employment income, military pay, or union strike benefits. Taxpayer Identification Number: You need to have Social Security numbers that permit work for you, your spouse, and any children claim for EITC. You do not need to be a citizen to claim EITC if you have a Social Security Number. You cannot claim EITC if you file your taxes with ITIN. For more information, please see Tax Filing with Immigrant or DACA Status. Qualifying Child: If you claim children for EITC, they must be a qualifying child. See below for details. You must be between the ages of 25 and 64. If you are not claiming children, you cannot file as married filing separately

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Child Tax Credit Income Limits

In addition to the six tests mentioned above, your income determines whether or not you can claim CTC. First, you need to have earned income of at least $2 500 to qualify for credit. Then, as your adjusted gross income increases, child tax credit begins to phase out. So, when you breach a certain income threshold, youre only eligible for partial credit. As your income increases, amount you can claim continues to decrease until you ca claim credit at all. For Tax year 2019, CTC phase - out begins at $200 000 of AGI for single filers and heads of household. You can't claim any of credit if your income is more than $240 000. For joint filers, credit begins to phase out at $400 000. It was phased out completely at $440 000.

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