Tax Policy

Federal tax policy accounts for more than 40 percent of all federal investments in America’s children. And federal tax initiatives like the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit lift millions of children out of poverty every year. But children are often an afterthought in congressional tax policy debates, and tax policies that shield children from poverty are consistent targets for political attacks. First Focus mounts an aggressive defense of tax policies that protect children and works with policymakers to build even better tax policies for children.

Resources


Podcast: Child Poverty is a Policy Decision With Megan Curran and Sophie Collyer

| February 28, 2024 |

In this episode, our hosts Bruce Lesley and Messellech “Selley” Looby chat with poverty experts Megan Curran and Sophie Collyer about the Child Tax


The Child Tax Credit and Its Potential Impact on the Lives of Children and Future of the Nation

| February 15, 2024 |

The Child Tax Credit should honor our society’s commitment to children in both their present and their future, while also serving as a moral


Why Congress Must Pass the Bipartisan Tax Package

| January 24, 2024 |

Last night, House Leadership notified members of a potential vote on a bipartisan tax package that would make changes to the Child Tax Credit


Podcast: Money Matters with Dr. Kirabo Jackson

| November 29, 2023 |

In this episode, our hosts Bruce Lesley and Messellech “Selley” Looby welcome Dr. C. Kirabo Jackson, a researcher, professor, journal editor, and member of


Issue Brief: Why Children Need a National Renter Tax Credit

| August 25, 2023 |

Background Children in households that receive housing vouchers or other forms of rental assistance benefit in a variety of ways. For example, vouchers reduce


Child Investment Research Hub

| June 15, 2023 |

Children make up approximately one-quarter of the U.S. population and all our nation’s future. Ample evidence confirms that investing in children results in near


Keep Up the Fight to Improve the Tax Code for Kids

Event June 15, 2023 |

Jun 15 2023 Ended Keep Up the Fight to Improve the Tax Code for Kids New research continues to emerge about the positive impact


Child poverty drops to historic lows, Census reports

| September 13, 2022 |

Decline proves “child poverty is a policy decision” U.S. child poverty dropped to the lowest rate ever recorded, according to government figures released today,


The Family Security Act 2.0 Creates Winners and Losers

| July 8, 2022 |

Our children are facing some of the most challenging times seen in our nation’s history. America’s historically high rate of child poverty and significant


Watch: Studies show Children enjoyed more stable lives with pandemic aid

| April 20, 2022 |

Analysts from Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan have found that federal pandemic assistance helped close the persistent gap in material hardship for U.S.