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We can make our tax code more equitable and advance health equity with this policy
This session, lawmakers have the opportunity to help lift up hardworking Washingtonians by enacting and funding a modern Working Families Tax Credit, our state version of the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). House Bill 1527 and Senate Bill 5810 would make our tax code more equitable by putting a meaningful amount of money – through a sales tax credit – back into the pockets of nearly one million households in Washington state. In addition to rebalancing our upside-down tax code, this proposed legislation would promote Washingtonians’ well-being and advance health equity by improving educational outcomes, promoting housing stability, and enhancing maternal and child health outcomes.
Health starts long before someone arrives at the doctor’s office. Half of a person’s health outcomes are determined by socioeconomic factors and the environment, so things like having a job and steady income, access to safe and affordable housing, and an education all impact how healthy people feel and how long they live. The Working Families Tax Credit would provide a boost to the incomes of Washingtonians and set more people on the path to improved health in the following ways:
The Working Families Tax Credit would be a step toward a healthier and more equitable Washington. It is an important policy for advancing tax equity and improving the well-being of Washingtonians. And in our state, the Working Families Tax Credit would also make our tax code more equitable by ensuring people with the lowest incomes are no longer paying such a high share of their incomes in state and local taxes compared to what the wealthiest Washingtonians pay.
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1.) Markowitz S, Komro K, Livingston MD, Lenhart O, Wagenaar AC. Effects of state-level Earned Income Tax Credit laws in the U.S. on maternal health behaviors and infant health outcomes. Soc Sci Med. 2017;194:67-75. doi:10.1155/2015/984635