CASE STUDY: ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY
Tax Credits for Workers and Their Families
Promoting Tax Credits for Low-Wage Workers
Too many Americans are working hard yet still struggling to make ends meet; progressive tax policy can help. The Hatcher Group’s Tax Credits for Workers and Their Families (TCWF) initiative connects low-wage workers with income-boosting tax credits that are proven to reduce poverty and boost health and educational outcomes. Through TCWF, we work with policymakers and advocates to develop strategic communications plans and materials that promote the Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and Child and Dependent Care Credit.
Since 2007, The Hatcher Group has led this nonpartisan communications campaign to raise awareness of and build support for tax credits for low-income Americans. TCWF began as a “one-stop-shop” website for policymakers and advocates and grew into a full-scale communications campaign:
We provide individualized communications assistance to advocacy groups in more than 20 states, including developing talking points, drafting op-eds, creating videos, designing advocacy tools, and hosting webinars.
We host annual policy briefings on Capitol Hill to educate members of Congress and their staff on the importance of protecting and expanding federal tax credits, drawing 100-150 guests and featuring notable speakers such as Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ)
We use storytelling to change hearts and minds, such as helping low-income workers craft testimonies for their state legislatures, connecting storytellers to the media, creating video series that share personal stories, or developing social media campaigns.
- A series of five videos for the Oregon Center for Public Policy, featuring stories from low-income Oregonians
- Op eds for the West Virginia Budget and Policy Center:
- A widely-shared video on how tax credits help veterans and active-duty military families
- An award-winning series of infographics on how the EITC helps to keep people out of prison, prevent child abuse, and reduce rural poverty.
Since TCWF’s launch in 2007, tax credits for working families have amassed widespread bipartisan support from lawmakers at both the state and federal levels. The federal Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit have grown significantly, more than a dozen states have enacted new state-level tax credits, and existing tax credits have been expanded in more than 16 states.