The Cost-of-Living Refund fights inequality and the rising cost of living
Check out all the latest research and news at CostofLivingRefund.org
The Cost-of-Living Refund will:
- Help working people face the rising cost of living and housing, with a leg up out of poverty or a cushion of financial stability.
- Fight rising inequality that threatens our democracy.
- Make taxes fairer, so the wealthiest pay their fair share.
- Build on a high minimum wage, so workers earn enough to live.
CostofLivingRefund.org contains detailed research, polling, state-specific information, and the latest updates.
Policy background about the Cost-of-Living Refund (also called a Working Families Tax Credit) and how to talk about it:
HOW IT WORKS IN A STATE
- State Overview
- State Policy Details
- Model legislative language
- Sample State Website Language
- Sample Op-Ed Language
HOW IT WORKS AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL
MESSAGING RESOURCES AND POLLING
- Messaging the Cost-of-Living Refund (includes summary of polling data)
- State by state polling data
- Research summary from David Binder Research
- Poll of likely 2020 Democratic primary voters
- Poll on tax cuts for wealthy vs tax credits for working people, Aug. 2018
- “The Impact of Cash Transfers — a review of the evidence.” Compiled by Economic Security Project. May 2019.
- “Key Facts.” Compiled by Economic Security Project. May 2019.
- “Supporting family caregivers through the EITC,” Caring Across Generations, 2019.
PAYING THE CREDIT MONTHLY
- Monthly payments: why they matter
- “Restructuring the EITC,” Center for Economic Progress report on Chicago periodic payments pilot
- Monthly payment policy recommendations:
SIMPLIFYING THE CREDIT TO IMPROVE ACCESS
- Simplifying the EITC through automatic filing: why it matters
- Simplified/automatic filing policy recommendations:
COMPLEMENTING THE MINIMUM WAGE
- Raising the minimum wage and the EITC together
- “State earned income tax credits and minimum wages work best together,” Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Mar. 2019.