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


Junk the Cadillac Tax

| June 24, 2019 |

Our nation is not suffering from a condition of having too much insurance coverage. A recent series by Noah Levey in the Los Angeles Times highlights how the


Press Release: Share of Federal Spending on Children Has Decreased 1.7 Percent Since FY 2014

| September 20, 2018 |

Washington, D.C., September 20, 2018—Children received 1.7 percent less of the federal budget in Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 than they did in FY 2014,


Children’s Budget Book 2018 – Messaging and Social Media Kit

| September 19, 2018 |

First Focus is proud to announce the release of Children’s Budget 2018, which captures and analyzes historical funding data and spending trends across a wide


Children’s Budget Summit 2018

| September 19, 2018 |

Thursday, October 4, 2018 Program: 2:30 – 5:00 p.m. Reception: 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Capitol Visitor Center : SVC 212-10 Washington, D.C. When it comes


Who’s for Kids and Who’s Just Kidding?

| July 19, 2018 |

Through what has been a terribly difficult year in Washington, D.C., there are some shining lights in Congress that we should acknowledge, which is


The Trump Cabinet’s War on Children: DeVos Strikes First (Part I)

| June 19, 2018 |

At the close of last year, I wrote that 2017 might have been the worst year for children at the federal level in decades.


Mr. President, Actions Speak Louder Than Words

| February 5, 2018 |

Although President Trump rarely raises or addresses children’s issues, during his State of the Union address last Tuesday, there were a few occasions where


The Undeclared War on Children

| January 9, 2018 |

The year 2017 may go down as the worst year in decades for children in Congress. Children’s Health: CHIP, Medicaid, and the ACA When


Congressional Inaction on CHIP is Increasingly Dangerous

| January 8, 2018 |

Every person has empathy toward those who are closest. The challenge is to rise from having empathy for a few to having empathy for


7 Ways Congress Can Honor Children on Universal Children’s Day

| November 20, 2017 |

Countries all around the world are celebrating children’s rights today. Today marks the 63rd anniversary of the United Nations establishing November 20 to be