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


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


Children’s Budget 2017

| November 17, 2017 |

Children are receiving less than 8 percent of the federal budget—and this share fell 5.5 percent between 2014 and 2017, according to Children’s Budget 2017,


First Focus and Niskanen Center Joint Statement: Improve the Child Tax Credit to Help Low-Income Families

| September 27, 2017 |

WASHINGTON–As advocates for an expanded child tax credit, First Focus and the Niskanen Center welcome this morning’s “Big Six” Tax Statement, yet have reservations about the framework’s specifics. “We


OVERVIEW: Impact of the President’s FY 18 Budget Request on Children

| May 25, 2017 |

  President Trump’s $4.1 trillion budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2018 seeks massive cuts to critical programs that help American children and families. It


Trump Plan to Boost Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit a “First Step”

| April 26, 2017 |

WASHINGTON – First Focus, a bipartisan advocacy organization dedicated to making children and families a priority in federal policy and budget decisions–issued the following statement


This is the Week to Make Children’s Lives Great

| April 25, 2017 |

It’s shaping up to be an action-packed week in Washington, DC as the White House scrambles with Congressional leaders to pass a signature piece


Tax Credits: A Crucial Weapon in the Fight Against Child Poverty

| March 22, 2017 |

This was originally posted at Spotlight On Poverty. If a topic like comprehensive tax reform could ever be the rage in Washington, now would


Lack of Progress on Child Poverty Reduction Prompts the Formation of New National Coalition

| September 13, 2016 |

Washington – Amid alarming new Census data showing that nearly one in five children live below the federal poverty line, a coalition of national


Report Release: Kids’ Share 2016

Event September 20, 2016 |

Is Spending on Children Part of the Public Conversation? A Discussion of Kids’ Share 2016 Results Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 12:00–1:30 p.m. Lunch will be


Urban Institute, First Focus, unveil Kids’ Share 2016 findings Sept. 20

| September 8, 2016 |

Washington – The social and economic policy think tank Urban Institute and non-partisan children’s advocacy group First Focus will unveil the results of Kids’