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Improving Efficiency and Equity of Child-Related Federal Tax Policies

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  • Robert Cherry

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    (Department of Economics, Brooklyn College of The City of New York)

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    Proposal combines EITC, child credit, and dependent allowance into one child-related benefit program so that the tax code is simplified. It allows the phasing down of benefits to be less than 6 percent so that the marginal tax rate is reduced, especially for families that are currently subject to both the federal tax rate and the EITC phase-out rate. It reduces the marriage penalty for single heads with incomes below $20,000. It eliminates the middle class parent penalty: the current situation in which families with incomes between $30,000 and $60,000 receive less child-related benefits than either wealthier or poorer households. Finally, though it only costs modestly more than the Bush child credit proposal, it is more effective at lowering marginal tax rates and marriage penalties.

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    Article provided by Eastern Economic Association in its journal Eastern Economic Journal.

    Volume (Year): 27 (2001)
    Issue (Month): 3 (Summer)
    Pages: 309-322

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    Handle: RePEc:eej:eeconj:v:27:y:2001:i:3:p:309-322

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    Keywords: Child; Families; Marriage; Tax;

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