Working Families Tax Rebate

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Thousands of families in Washington have incomes that are insufficient to cover the high costs of health care, child care, and job-related expenses. To make matters worse, lower income families pay a disproportionate share of their income in state and local taxes than wealthier residents.

In 2008, policymakers enacted the Working Families Tax Rebate (WFTR), which is designed to help families with low incomes by rebalancing Washington's tax system and reducing taxes for working families with children.  Unfortunately, despite the law being in effect, funding has not been allocated to get the program up and running.  The WFTR is based on the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), our nation’s most successful anti-poverty program for families.  To learn more, read our Primer on the WFTR.

The online tool below allows you to calculate how much the credit would be worth based on filing status, number of children, and the amount of earned income.*  Click here to open calculator in separate page.

Families in legislative districts across Washington state would benefit from the WFTR.  The map below displays the number and share of tax filing households eligible to receive the WFTR, the average WFTR per household, and the total amount of WFTR and EITC dollars that would be distributed to each legislative district in Washington state.*  

Click here for a printable listing by legislative district.

 


*Assumes the WFTR is set to 10 percent of the federal EITC.  Rounded to nearest dollar.

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A Tax Cut for Working Families

January, 2008 - The Washington State Budget & Policy Center has released a simple and effective proposal to provide a much-needed tax break for working families. Our proposal has resulted in state legislation.
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