Aug 18, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Rep. Gwen Moore calls for expanded Earned Income Tax Credit

Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.), representing the 4th Congressional District
Axios Political and White House Editor Margaret Talev (R), and Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.) Photo: Axios

Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.) wants to expand the Earned Income Tax Credit to help ease the economic burden the coronavirus pandemic has caused.

The big picture: A member of the House Ways and Means Committee, Moore said at an Axios virtual event on Tuesday that she wants the tax credit to reach "people who make $15 or $16 an hour and still can't make ends meet."

  • Moore said she wants students and family caretakers to qualify for the tax credit, so they can "have their work honored, respected and recognized as work."
  • "I think that will go a long way toward helping us stand up an economy that every American ought to be able to be engaged in," Moore said.

How it works: The Earned Income Tax Credit is designed to lower federal income taxes for low- or moderate-income workers and often results in a refund.

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