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Fixing the Marriage Penalty in the EITC.

Publication Year: 
2000
Personal Author: 
Ellwood, David.
Sawhill, Elizabeth V.
Briefing Materials
Page Count: 
10

This document offers a brief examination of the key policy issues surrounding the EITC and marriage penalties. The EITC is designed to support low income working families with children. It provides a subsidy (up to $3,816 in 1999) for families with children and low earnings. Current research shows that the EITC has been successful in raising the income of such families, increasing rewards/incentives to work among many low skill workers, and in stimulating greater work effort by single parents. (Author abstract).

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