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The U.S. Earned Income Tax Credit, its Effects, and Possible Reforms

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  • Bruce D. Meyer

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In this paper, I first summarize how the U.S. 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.

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Paper provided by Harris School of Public Policy Studies, University of Chicago in its series Working Papers with number 0720.

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Date of creation: Aug 2007
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Handle: RePEc:har:wpaper:0720

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