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Advocate Calls for Earned Income Tax Credit Restructuring

July 10, 2019, 3:35 PM

Congress should split up a tax credit currently available to lower and middle-income workers into two tax breaks, according to the national taxpayer advocate.

Such a change would increase the U.S. labor force and reduce poverty, National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson said in a report released July 10. Olson’s proposal comes amid a broader congressional discussion about making changes to the earned income tax credit and child tax credit.

The first proposed tax break would be a credit available on a per-worker basis that would be determined by the amount of income a person earns on...

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