Tax Credit Laser Talk

Urge Congress to Protect Tax Credits for Low-Income Working Families

Updated: May 23, 2014 (To see a longer, more detailed conversation about the EITC and CTC, see our Laser Talk: Following Up with a Tax Aide about Tax Credits for Working Families)

Intro: My name is Meredith Dodson and I am a constituent of yours from ______. I would like to talk to you about tax policies that help low-income working families and have a lasting impact on children.

Engage: Do you know that the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) lifted 10.1 million Americans, including 5.3 million children out of poverty in 2012?

Problem: Congress is moving forward on legislation to give over $300 billion in tax breaks to corporations -- instead we need to protect and strengthen critical tax credits for low-income working families. 

Inform: The House tax extenders legislation will add hundreds of billions to the federal budget deficit. Yet, they allow improvements to the EITC and CTC to expire in 2017 -- meaning 12 million Americans, including 7 million children, will fall into poverty or deeper into poverty [we urge you to include state data], including firefighters, policemen, teachers, child care workers, military families, and other working parents. The EITC and CTC encourage work, lift more children out of poverty than any other federal program, and those children do better at school and are more likely to earn more as adults. Let’s not cut supports that help working families and make such a difference and instead support bipartisan efforts to expand tax credits. 

Call to Action: Will you speak directly to Senate Finance Committee/House Ways and Means Committee leaders, urging them to make focus on critical EITC and Child Tax Credit provisions set to expire in 2017? 

Additional Call to Action: Will you also tell Senate/House leaders that you believe tax reform should increase progressivity in the tax code and specifically expand the EITC for childless workers?

What Is a Laser Talk?

A laser talk serves as a useful starting point for your advocacy work, whether as a talking points during a town hall meeting or as a primer for face-to-face meetings with candidates and elected officials. Follow up with more information and evidence supporting your points. And of course, adapt a laser talk to reflect your own experiences and why you care about the issue! For more on how to create your own laser talk, see the RESULTS Activist Toolkit: Create and Deliver Your EPIC Laser Talk and see our Economic Opportunity for All campaign pages for more background on these issues.