Nearly 400,000 families have been helped by CEP since 1990.

Tax Credits for Working Families

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC) are federal tax credits that greatly impact the lives of low and moderate-income working people. Together in 2013, the EITC and CTC raised 9.4 million, included 5 million children, out of poverty.

In Illinois, over 1 million residents benefited from the Federal EITC. At an average EITC amount of $2,437 per family, $2.5 billion of reduced taxes and refunds benefited the residents of Illinois. Our clients indicate that they use the EITC and other aspects of their tax refund to pay for utility bills, rent, and clothing as well as place some into savings.

CEP supports maintaining and strengthening the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit due to how vital they are to the financial health of millions of Americans.

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Illinois State Earned Income Tax Credit

In 2000, CEP helped lead a coalition of organizations in advocating for a the creation of a state EITC in Illinois to further benefit working families. After recent years of expansions, the Illinois state EITC is now 10% of the federal EITC.

The General Assembly of the State of Illinois is once again considering increasing the state EITC. The proposed increase to 20% of the federal EITC would put over $200 million back into the pockets of over nine hundred thousand families in Illinois.

Read about the local benefit of an expanded state EITC.