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The US earned income tax credit, its effects, and possible reforms

Bruce Meyer

No 2008:14, Working Paper Series from IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy

Abstract: In this paper, I first summarize how the US Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) operates and describe the characteristics of recipients. I then discuss empirical work on the effects of the EITC on poverty and income distribution, and its effects on labor supply. Next, I discuss a few policy concerns about the EITC: possible negative effects on hours of work and marriage, and problems of compliance with the tax system. I then briefly discuss some possible reforms to the structure of the current EITC.

Keywords: Welfare reform; Earned income tax credit; EITC; Earnings subsidies; Tax credits; Poverty (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D31 H24 I38 J38 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-hap, nep-lab, nep-pbe and nep-pub
Date: 2008-05-17
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