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.

Resources


Statement: Senate package good first step for kids but children need more robust measures

| March 26, 2020 |

We commend Senate lawmakers’ unanimous passage of the $2 trillion coronavirus emergency bill, and even more, for using it to offer relief to America’s


Letter: Prioritize the well-being of children as you respond to the Coronavirus outbreak.

| March 20, 2020 |

First Focus Campaign for Children sent the following letter to Congressional leaders in both houses, urging them to prioritize the well-being of children in


Statement: Congress’s coronavirus response is a good first step, but bigger, bolder measures are needed

| March 18, 2020 |

We applaud Congress for passing the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, providing families and children with increased food and nutrition assistance, supplemental state funding


First Focus Campaign for Children identifies 120 lawmakers who prioritize children

| March 12, 2020 |

In 2019, nearly one-in-six of our nation’s children lived in poverty. The number of kids without health insurance rose to more than 4 million,


Letter: Children should not be treated as an afterthought — pass these bipartisan and common sense bills

| January 10, 2020 |

First Focus Campaign for Children sent the following letter to all 100 U.S. Senators, urging them to consider legislation that would improve the lives


Highlights From the Fiscal Year 2020 Spending Packages

| January 9, 2020 |

On December 17, 2019, the President signed into law two spending packages that cover all twelve annual appropriations bills, funding hundreds of federal agencies,


Ivanka Trump says the Tax Bill is a big win for working families. Is it?

| December 10, 2019 |

In December of 2017, Congress passed and President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). Proponents of the TCJA point to a


Undercounting Kids in the 2020 Census Has Harmful and Long-lasting Consequences: A Primer on the Dangers of an Inaccurate Census

| November 15, 2019 |

First Focus on Children’s 13th annual Children’s Budget publication offers a comprehensive analysis of how kids and families have been faring in the federal


Letter: On Reducing Child Poverty – Tax Policy

| June 18, 2019 |

On June 18th, 2019, First Focus Campaign for Children sent a letter to the Leadership of the Senate Committee on Finance and the House


First Focus Campaign for Children Releases Proactive Kids Agenda

| December 13, 2018 |

Blueprint Shows How 116th Congress Can Act on the Best Interests of Children