Washington – U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) is backing the Working Families Tax Relief Act to permanently expand the Earned Income and Child Tax Credits, tax breaks that provide relief to working families.
“Working families across Missouri who are killing themselves to make ends meet are the ones who deserve a tax break — not millionaires,” McCaskill said. “These tax credits help level the playing field for working families who are working to get ahead and set their kids up for success — and that’s something I will always fight tooth-and-nail for.”
The McCaskill-backed legislation would permanently strengthen and improve the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit, to allow more Americans to access these benefits. Provisions in the bill include increasing the size of the Child Tax Credit for families with very young children, and adjusting the Child Tax Credit to account for inflation.
Additionally, the bill would expand the Earned Income Tax Credit by allowing childless workers over the age of 21 to apply for the Earned Income Tax Credit — a change from the current law which sets the requirement at age 25, and make it easier for families to claim the credit by simplifying tax filing rules.
McCaskill has a history of supporting tax credits that benefit working families, small businesses and veterans.