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March 11, 2024

How Many Forms of “Wage Insurance” Do We Need, Exactly?

…recessions offer additional weeks of checks to the long-term unemployed (that is, generally beyond six months, continuing state UI check amounts). During the last two recessions, maximum durations stretched to…

February 27, 2024

Options for Improving the Child Tax Credit Provisions in H.R. 7024, the Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act of 2024

…H.R. 7024, we recommend several improvements to its CTC provisions, including provisions to retain and provisions to drop. Provisions to Retain Increase the Maximum CTC to Account for the Rising…

February 7, 2024

Solving Benefit Cliffs in SNAP

…benefit amounts phase out as household earnings increase. Households with no income receive the maximum benefit—$766 per month for a family of three—but for each additional dollar that a household…

January 19, 2024

The Work Incentive and Employment Effects of Eliminating the Child Tax Credit’s Annual Income Requirement

…Tax Credit’s annual income requirement by allowing individuals to calculate their eligibility using their current or prior year’s income, whichever year maximizes the family’s benefit. We show that for the…

August 9, 2023

The CTC Work Incentive Works

…returned to its pre-pandemic form, phasing-in at 15 percent of earnings beyond $2,500, up to a maximum of $1,600 in a refundable CTC per child and a non-refundable $2,000 per…

July 17, 2023

Testimony: The Child Tax Credit: 25 Years Later

…the credit as a transfer payment. Eligible families can receive a refundable credit of 15 percent of earnings above $2,500 per year, up to a maximum $1,500 per child in…

June 23, 2023

SNAP Can Improve Nutrition, Help Farmers, and Support the Environment

…higher up the income scale as well. Currently, the USDA determines the maximum SNAP benefit for each household size using the “Thrifty Food Plan,” defined as the estimated cost of “a nutritious,…