Have a Heart for Kids Day rally, 2015

Working Families Tax Credit Information

Implement an expanded version of the Working Families Tax Credit (WFTC) in Washington State.
The WFTC is Washington State’s match of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), which lifts more families with children out of poverty than any other federal program. The WFTC was passed by the legislature in 2008, but amid the Great Recession it was never funded enough to be implemented. This proposal would expand and modernize the WFTC by increasing the state match of the EITC to 15 percent (current statute is a 10 percent match) and ensuring all families in Washington can participate, including immigrant families. It would also recognize the value of caregiving and allow for low-income caregivers providing support to young children, an elderly adult, or a family member with a disability to be eligible for the credit.

Lead Organization is Washington Budget & Policy Center: Contact David Hlebain, davidh@povertyaction.org or Kelli Smith, kellis@povertyaction.org