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The U.S. Earned Income Tax Credit, its effects, and possible reforms

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Thursday, September 6, 2012 - 14:20
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Meyer, Bruce D.
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Published Date: 
August 2007
Published Date (Text): 
August 2007
Issue Number: 
WP 07:20
Year: 
2007
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In this paper, I first summarize how the U.S. Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) operates and describe the characteristics of recipients. I then discuss empirical work on the effects of the EITC on poverty and income distribution, and its effects on labor supply. Next, I discuss a few policy concerns about the EITC: possible negative effects on hours of work and marriage, and problems of compliance with the tax system. I then briefly discuss some possible reforms to the structure of the current EITC. (author abstract)

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