Working Families Tax Rebate

Washington state has the most upside-down tax code in the nation, in which people with low incomes pay seven times more as a share of their household incomes in state and local taxes than the wealthiest one percent. And thousands of working families in our state have insufficient incomes to cover the costs of basic needs, such as health care and child care. Many of those families are families of color. The Working Families Tax Rebate (WFTR) would begin to rebalance our upside-down tax code as well as close the racial income gap across the state. 

The WFTR is Washington state’s version of the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) – one of the most effective programs to lift low-wage workers with children out of poverty. The EITC provides qualifying low-wage workers with an annual boost to their income in the form of a tax credit.

This rebate was enacted by state policymakers in 2008 to help hardworking Washingtonians meet basic needs. But despite the law being in effect, funding has not been allocated to get the program up and running. 



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