Tax Policy

Federal tax policy accounts for more than 40 percent of all federal investments in America’s children. And federal tax initiatives like the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit lift millions of children out of poverty every year. But children are often an afterthought in congressional tax policy debates, and tax policies that shield children from poverty are consistent targets for political attacks. First Focus mounts an aggressive defense of tax policies that protect children and works with policymakers to build even better tax policies for children.


Statement: Senate tax credit bill makes “huge strides” toward ending child poverty

| June 14, 2023 |

Legislation comes as lawmakers eye tax cuts for corporations, wealthy people In response to today’s reintroduction of the Working Families Tax Relief Act, First Focus

Statement: Child Tax Credit bill would have “singular impact” on child poverty

| June 12, 2023 |

Voters overwhelmingly favor the legislation, poll says In response to today’s reintroduction of the American Family Act by Reps. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Suzan DelBene (D-WA)

Letter: Children’s Budget Coalition fights against cuts to children in debt ceiling talks

| May 19, 2023 |

Today, more than 50 organizations in the Children’s Budget Coalition, led by First Focus on Children, sent a letter to House Speaker McCarthy, House

Letter: American Family Act is key to children’s well-being

| May 18, 2023 |

Focus Campaign for Children has sent a letter to Representatives Rosa DeLauro, Suzan DelBene and Ritchie Torres expressing our strong support for their American

Nearly 300 advocates push Congress to restore improved Child Tax Credit

| December 8, 2022 |

Improved CTC “kept children fed and warm and in their homes” Nearly 300 organizations today urged Congress to lock in tax credits that support

Letter: Enhance the CTC & EITC before end of session

| December 8, 2022 |

Today, First Focus Campaign for Children sent a letter to Congressional leaders signed by over 280 organizations calling on them to take action to

More than 250 advocate groups urge White House to fight child poverty

| April 20, 2021 |

More than 250 national, state, and local organizations are urging the White House to build on the extraordinary child poverty-fighting measures in the latest

The American Rescue plan puts us on a pathway to end child poverty within a generation if (and this is a big if…)

| March 11, 2021 |

Moments ago, President Biden signed legislation that will do more to improve the lives of children than any other law in nearly 25 years.

The Promises We Must Make to Our Children: Recommendations to the Biden-Harris Transition Team

| January 4, 2021 |

The kids are not alright. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic and economic recession, we were failing our kids on a whole range of domestic

Letter: Urgent request to extend 2020 Census deadline

| October 15, 2020 |

First Focus Campaign for Children sent the following letter to Senate leadership with an urgent request to include extended deadlines for 2020 Census processing