Tax Credits for Working Families: A Discussion on the Impact of the Earned Income Tax Credit - ICS
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When: Wednesday, April 6, 2016
3:00 PM
Where: Children's Trust of South Carolina
1330 Lady Street #310
Columbia, South Carolina  29201
United States
Contact: Emily Grubb

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In September 2015, the Institute for Child Success released a paper by Dr. Michelle Maxfield titled: The Effects of the Earned Income Tax Credit on Child Achievement and Long-Term Educational Attainment.  This new research found that EITC expansions improve both immediate and long-term educational outcomes for children, indicating the importance of the EITC as a policy tool for early childhood advocates. 

• An increase in the maximum EITC of $1,000 (2008 dollars) in a given year significantly increases math achievement by about 0.072 nationally normed standard deviations (SD). 

• This change in EITC generosity during childhood also increases the probability of graduating high school or receiving a GED at age 19 by about 2.1 percentage points and increases the probability of completing one or more years of college by age 19 by about 1.4 percentage points.

 Estimated effects are larger for boys and minority children, and there is evidence that an expansion in the EITC is more effective at improving educational outcomes for children who are younger during the expansion.

ICS and the Childrens Trust of SC will host a panel discussion on this research in Columbia on April 6th.

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