Brief Young People and Tax Credits
The Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit
Amelia Coffey, Gina Adams, Heather Hahn
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This brief is part of a series focused on how well major federal safety net programs serve young people—defined as those ages 14 to 24. The series pays special attention to young people who live independently. This brief focuses on the circumstances under which young people are able to access the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC), the major federal tax credits available for young people, and what is known about these credits’ effectiveness for this population. It is an initial exploration of issues relevant to young people, based on a quick review of literature and conversations with safety net and youth policy experts as well as youth-serving practitioners. Though we focus on information relevant to young people, it may be useful to other age groups as well.

For related products, see our Young People and the Safety Net project page.

Research Areas Children and youth Social safety net
Tags Families with low incomes Welfare and safety net programs Refundable tax credits Earned income tax credit
Policy Centers Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population