57% of Americans don’t have enough cash on hand to cover a $500 unforeseen expense. A Cost-of-Living Refund (also called a Working Families Tax Credit) puts more money back in the pockets of the working and middle class people who need it most:
Helps working people face the rising cost of living and housing, with a leg up out of poverty or a cushion of financial stability.
Fights rising inequality that threatens our democracy.
Makes taxes fairer, so the wealthiest pay their fair share.
Builds on a high minimum wage, so workers earn enough to live.
Cash gives people the tools to solve their own problems
"As someone who doesn't currently qualify for the EITC, this tax credit would be really helpful. Personally, I would use the extra $1,000 a year to start an emergency fund, and to help my kids pay for college. Approving this means many families will be able to access a better life, and invest in their businesses and their family."
“The rich are getting richer while everyone else is stuck.”
- Alabama voter
"I am proud to be a student and first-generation child of a Guatemalan refugee. My educational aspirations serve as a lifeline for my family and will play an essential role in bringing them out of poverty. With this proposal, I can expect a tax credit that I'll put toward important graduate school costs that will not fall on my family, as I don’t want to be a burden on them – but rather a source of support – in difficult economic times."
“I’m doing ok today, but I’m one emergency away from financial ruin.”
- Arizona voter
“Anyone asking whether a $100 a month credit is enough to matter has never had to choose between groceries and rent.”
- Ohio voter