Summary In the Absence of the Expanded Child Tax Credit, Many Families with Children Faced Material Hardship in 2022
Dulce Gonzalez, Elaine Maag, Michael Karpman
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Working-age adults with children were more likely than adults without children to face difficulty meeting basic needs in 2022, despite having higher family employment rates. Adults living with children tend to be younger and at an earlier stage of their careers, while also facing child care costs and additional child-related expenses. This summary explores how expanding the child tax credit could provide a much-needed economic boost for families with children struggling to pay for food and housing.

Research Areas Children and youth Families Taxes and budgets
Tags Child Tax Credit Families with low incomes Economic well-being
Policy Centers Health Policy Center Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center
Research Methods Data analysis