Support tax credits for unwaged family caregivers and students! Endorse the Worker Relief & Credit Reform Act!
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The Worker Relief & Credit Reform Act (WRCR) modernizes the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), reaching more workers and expanding the definition of work to make unpaid family caregivers and low-income students eligible for EITC for the first time. https://gwenmoore.house.gov/uploadedfiles/117th_congress_-_wrcr_act_description_6.15.21.pdf

At a press conference in Milwaukee WI on July 23, 2021, Congresswoman Gwen Moore reintroduced a strengthened Worker Relief and Credit Reform (WRCR) Act (H.R. 4665). She said: “As families work to recover from the COVID health crisis and related economic downturn, WRCR could provide meaningful support that lifts millions of Americans out of poverty, reaches low-income students, and recognizes the hard, unpaid work that caregivers provide each day.”

Our multi-racial network of mothers & other unwaged caregivers welcomes this historic legislation and urges all to endorse the Worker Relief and Credit Reform Act. When WRCR was first introduced in 2019, we helped to gather support for it: over seventy organizations signed on (see below and at https://electionaction4caregivers.medium.com/worker-relief-and-credit-reform-act-hr5271-and-american-family-act-s690-endorsers-c108a1833744). Read our full press statement: https://globalwomenstrike.net/press-statement-mothers-and-others-welcome-the-re-introduction-of-worker-relief-credit-reform-act/.  

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WORKER RELIEF AND CREDIT REFORM ACT (WRCR), HR 4665

✓ Treats caregiving as work. Provides payments in the form of tax credits (Earned Income Tax Credit/EITC) to unpaid family caregivers of children under 12 and/or of an aging or disabled partner or relative.

✓ Treats higher education as work. Tax credit payments to low-income college students: more than 1 in 3 are food insecure and many on the verge of homelessness.

✓ Both unpaid caregivers and students would qualify for the maximum Earned Income Tax Credit.

✓ Increases the age range: eligibility starts at age 18 and extends to employed people older than 65.

✓ Makes the credit fully refundable: you don’t need to have a waged job or income, or have to pay taxes to get it.

✓ You can get this credit on top of other benefits, such as TANF, SNAP, SSI, Child Tax Credits.

✓ Money for caregivers and low-income students: WRCR calls for up to $4,000 for a single filer, $8,000 for married filers.

✓ Gives the option of getting the payment monthly: but at a reduced 75%, the remainder of which would be available at tax filing.

✓ Decreases poverty: using current poverty measures it would benefit nearly half of people in the US (154 million), and cut the poverty rate by one-third. (The Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival challenges as too narrow the current poverty measurements.)
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Before being elected to Congress, Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-WI) was herself on welfare and had dealings with the child welfare system. She battled to retain custody of her oldest daughter while struggling to make ends meet as a young mother and working on her college degree. She has said that her own experience and undoing the damage done by welfare “reform”, motivated her to run for Congress and then become a member of the House Ways and Means Committee. (As a state senator she had already confronted welfare “reform”, which was first introduced in Wisconsin, with a hundred amendments!).
She expresses her personal stake in the WRCR Act in this video: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=560114334552855
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THE 2019 WRCR ACT WAS ENDORSED BY: Alexandria House; Alliance for Social and Economic Justice; Anti Police-Terror Project; Bay Area Poor People's Campaign; Brandywine Peace Community; Bryn Mawr Peace Coalition; Campaign for America’s Future; Caring Across Generations; Chiapas Support Committee; Children's HealthWatch; Church of Men are Trash; Citizens United for Renewable Energy (CURE); Community Advocates Public Policy Institute; Community Change Action; Community Vision Council; Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, US Provinces; Congressional Progressive Caucus; DEMOS; Economic Security Project Action; End Solitary Santa Cruz County; Every Mother is a Working Mother Network; Evolved Nest Initiative; Family and Home Network; First Focus Campaign for Children; Free People Strike; Friends Committee on National Legislation; GABRIELA Los Angeles; Global Women's Strike; Human Rights Coalition - Fed-Up! ; IndependenceFirst; Just Harvest; Kids Forward; La Leche League of Northern Dutchess (NY); Long Beach Area Peace Network; Los Angeles Regional Food Bank; Mariposa Food Co-op; MICAH Milwaukee Inner-city Congregations Allied for Hope; MomsRising; Mother's Own Milk Matters; NAACP Milwaukee Branch; National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd; NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice; Old Women's Project; Omni Commons; Orange County Peace Coalition; Oxfam America; Payday men's network; Peace, Justice, Sustainability NOW; Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance; Philadelphia Neighborhood Networks; Policy Matters Ohio; RESULTS; San Francisco Living Wage Coalition; Shriver Center on Poverty Law; Sisters Health & Wellness Collective; South Dakotans Against Racism; Sunrise Movement Philadelphia; Supporting Our Mothers Initiative, LLC; The Forum for Youth Investment; The Sidewalk Project ; 2 green gals; U.S. PIRG; United States Breastfeeding Committee, Inc.; United Way of Southwestern PA; Veterans For Peace; Veterans For Peace, Los Angeles Chapter; Weavers Way Co-Op Food Justice Committee; Welfare Warriors; Western Regional Advocacy Project (WRAP); WISPIRG; Women of Color in the Global Women's Strike; Women's International League for Peace and Freedom- Milwaukee; Women's March Foundation; Young Women's Freedom Center
Call for support issued by the Care Income Now!/US which is coordinated by Global Women's Strike and Women of Color/Global Women's Strike
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