The Earned Income Tax Credit: Still Lagging Behind In Connecticut

Back • Publication Date: September 2nd, 2004

Authors: Shelley Geballe, JD, MPH, Douglas J. Hall, PhD, Ellen Scalettar, JD

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The federal earned income tax credit (EITC) contributed $217 million in 2001 to the Connecticut economy, providing an effective economic stimulus while helping thousands of low-wage families move towards economic self-sufficiency. Families in each and every Connecticut town benefited from the EITC. This report recommends that Connecticut build on the success of the federal tax credit by creating a state-level counterpart, which could provide an estimated $43 million more to Connecticut’s low-wage families, helping them to better meet their children’s needs.